Council discusses water rates; approves personnel handbook
Water bill pricing was the lengthiest topic of conversation during roughly 30-minute meeting of the Corning City Council. The council met at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9 at City Hall. The change in time was due to the Chamber Christmas Banquet occurring that evening at the M. B. Ainley, Jr. Community Center. Present were Councilmen Masterson, Vannoy, Godwin and McKinney, J’Anna Couch - clerk, Mayor Greg Ahrent and City Attorney, Alex Bigger.
Roll call was taken by City Clerk, J’Anna Couch and approval of the minutes from the previous meeting was approved. There was one question from Councilman Masterson concerning a $1,200 bill to Legacy. Ahrent replied it was for a repair to cylinders on a backhoe. Purchase Orders and/or bills payable were approved and under Old Business, the issue of water bill rates was discussed.
Mayor Ahrent said the city had been in touch with Dennis Sternberg, CEO of Arkansas Rural Water Association. “He’s the guy who can actually review 12 months and he can actually propose a water rate.” Councilman Ray Vannoy said, “Yeah, but what I’d like to do is, uh… To sell it by the gallon we’d have to change the meters but what I’d like to do is sell at least by the 100. We already read a 100 and that would be more fair.” Couch replied, “We already tried it by the 100 when we was going to do the sewer rate change, we talked about doing the 100 too. And it wasn’t enough money.”
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