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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Carrier Mills hears water complaint, hires new police officer

  • Water billing issues and police department staffing were the main topics at the June 11 Carrier Mills Village Board meeting.
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  • Water billing issues and police department staffing were the main topics at the June 11 Carrier Mills Village Board meeting.
    Luther Yates again addressed the board about the water bill he had received for a rental property he owns. Yates rents a property at Wiley and Harrison streets in Carrier Mills. A previous tenant had the water turned on in the name of Bobby Evans, according to information presented at the meeting. This person did not live at the rental property and was not on the lease. Several tenants later, a new renter attempted to have the water turned on and was told they would have to pay the bill for seven months of service totaling to over $700 dollars. The tenant contacted Yates and threatened to cancel the lease and receive their deposit back if Yates did not clear up the problem.
    Yates paid the outstanding bill and the new tenant was able to receive water service.  Village ordinance states that the property owner is ultimately responsible for bills in this type of situation. Yates believes local ordinance could be in conflict with state laws on the subject. Yates also stated that he had not yet received a copy of the pertinent village ordinance. Yates further stated that he felt very strongly that the village ordinance should be revised to be in accord with state laws.
    Mayor Shaw apologized to Yates for not providing a copy of the ordinance and directed village clerk, Rita Diefenbach, to provide Yates a copy of the ordinance. Yates formally requested that he be reimbursed for the bill, stating that as the local ordinance was probably invalid, he should be recompensed for his costs. The board took no action on reimbursing Yates for the bill.
    Police shuffle
    A change in the village police department staff was the other primary issue at the meeting. The board accepted Officer Mike Stover’s resignation from full-time to part-time duty. Officer William Duncan was moved to full-time duty and promoted to sergeant. A new officer, Clay Brinkley was accepted for employment as a Carrier Mills police officer, pending his successful completion of the State of Illinois peace-officer certification program. Brinkley is a Williamson County native and has been working on the Lubbock, Texas police department. After the meeting, Chief Rubright stated that Brinkley was a well-qualified officer and the village was lucky to get a peace-officer of his caliber.
    In other action, the board:
    Announced the Trivia Night at the American Legion 7 p.m. July 13. The event will help to raise funds for the Catskin Days Festival.
    Announced the new schedule of Village Board Committee Meetings, effective July of 2013. The meeting schedule is for the first week of the month and is as follows: Finance — 6:30 p.m. Monday, Police — 7 p.m. Monday, Street and Alley — 7:30 p.m. Monday, Fire, Water and Sewer — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ordinance — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Land and Buildings — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
    Page 2 of 2 - These meeting are open to the public and all citizens are encouraged to attend for assistance or information on problems or concerns.

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