Carrier Mills prepares for annual sale
Board directs water bill dispute to attorneys
By Jon Sternberg
The mayor, Louis Shaw announced that the annual town wide rummage sale would be held on Aug. 3.
This event is sponsored by the Catskin Days Committee. Registration forms may be obtained at the water office or the Carrier Mills public library. The rummage sale at the municipal building begins at 7 a.m., but this is a town wide event with maps of the various houses participating in the sale to be distributed by the Catskin Days rummage at the municipal building that morning.
Unfinished business saw Luther Yates address the board about an unresolved water bill problem. Yates rents various properties in Carrier Mills to the public. Yates paid a $700 water bill for one of his properties. Yates maintains that the local ordinance requiring him to do this is not in accord with the state ordinances covering this matter and that he should be reimbursed by the village for his expense.
The board had discussed the problem with Yates at two previous board meetings and on Tuesday night unanimously passed a resolution directing Yates to take the matter up with the water board or refer to his attorney or the village attorney.
In sometimes acrimonious discussion between Yates and board members Greg Prince and Tracy Felty, Yates was informed that the board had nothing further to say on the matter with Felty ending discussion by stating that since Yates had raised the possibility of legal action the matter was closed and asking, "Mr. Mayor, let's move on."
The board voted to approve the prevailing wage increase for 2012 and 2013. The prevailing wage is the pay rate set by the state, much like a minimum wage, to be paid to any contractors, repairmen or non-city workers providing labor or services for the village.
Kent Armstrong of Botsch and Associates, CPA's presented the board with the results of the annual village audit. The village of Carrier Mills general fund ended fiscal year 2012 with a balance of $168,498 and has a balance of $236,694 for remainder of fiscal year 2013. The balance available to the water department is $368,330 for the remainder of fiscal year 2013. The board tabled approval of the audit contract at the request of Keith Botsch, who could not address the board in person because of health reasons.
The board heard an address from Rob Wielt, an energy consultant for Affordable Gas and Electric. This company offers services to municipalities to attempt to negotiate a better rate for energy prices with energy suppliers. The village would have to approve authorization of employment of this company’s services through a referendum, then AG&E would attempt to negotiate a cheaper rate from Ameren, the electric supplier for the area.
Page 2 of 2 - Questions from the board and citizens revolved around exactly what rate Wielt thought could be obtained. Wielt stated that until actual negotiations took place he could not be exact about savings but he thought that 4.1 to 4.2 cents per kilowatt hour could be achieved, adding in response to a question that village residents paid 4.9 cents per kilowatt hour currently. Wielt pointed out that if the village chose to accept the services of AG&E, individual citizens could still opt out of the program and pay the Ameren default rate set annually by the company.
After meeting in closed session the board approved employee raises of 50 cents per hour for village employees John Seets, Chuck Rubright and Sue Thorpe, with a raise of $50 per year approved for village treasurer Tampra Williams.
The board approved a request from Angie Mitchell to place a trailer on the property located at the corner of East End and Harrison street.