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Council absorbs $73,344.70 in noncollectable water bills

August 9, 2012

The Antlers City Council called to order their monthly meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 6, 2012. They quickly approved the minutes and purchase orders for July 2012 and then moved onto their first order of business.

Actions for this meeting included approving the 2012-2013 budget, approving cost adjustments to fines and cost charged by the City, and approving the contract with CPA William K. Gauer to audit the City for the FY Year of 2011-2012.

Next they moved on to discuss allowing the Darwin Fire Department to once again have their fireworks stand in 2013. This was approved by the council. They also approved renewing the lease agreement the City has with the Historical Society for the 2012-2013 year.

The last order of business for the City Council meeting was to discuss and take action on changing the wording for paying terminated employee vacation. It was decided that employees would not be allowed to use accrued and unused vacation time to extend employment but if they had worked for the City for 24 continuous months, or more, they would be entitled to be paid at their current rate for all accrued but unused vacation time. Employees who have not worked for the City for 24 continuous months would not be entitled to any pay for their unused vacation.

With no new business the Council meeting was adjourned and the Public Works Authority meeting was called to order. The purchase orders and minutes from July were approved and they moved on to their first order of business.

The Council approved raising the rates for initial sewer taps and water taps but agreed that the City would absorb the costs for re-taps. They also approved writing off past due water bills from September 1993 through May of 2005 in the amount of $73,344.70. The council approved this stating they felt those funds were noncollectable.

With no new business the meeting was adjourned and the Industrial Trust Authority meeting was called to order. The minutes and purchase orders from July 2012 were approved and with no new business the meeting was adjourned.

The next Council Meeting is scheduled to take place on September 3, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall. Meetings are open to the public and all interested parties are urged to attend.

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