Mayor Charlie King says repair work on wastewater lift stations and repair to a pump for the city’s aquifer should be ironed out in the coming weeks. King hopes City Council will have all available information for the June meeting.
“We are allocating monies for repairs, and by the next meeting we should have that all lined out, as far as how much money we have to rebuild – mostly for pumps,” he said. “We have a little bit of a crisis with water well down on River Road. We have to get a new pump, and we’ve got to do some clean up at the bottom, where it goes down into the aquifer. We are addressing that, and we have found the money to do that.”
King pointed out that much of the spending by the city is down in repairing existing equipment and infrastructure, leaving little in the city coffers for much else.
“It isn’t much fun sometimes, being the mayor, all we do is repair stuff,” Kind said. “That leave an extra for other things. We don’t have any extra money to spend on the citizens. And, that’s because of money crisis, always.”
Bluegrass Engineering is leading the effort to repair the lift stations, headed by Matt Curtis as the city’s professional contact.
In other business, the City:
- Continues to encourage citizens to purchase a cemetery plot ahead of an increase on Sept. 1 to $1,000 each. Plots can be purchased for $800 each until that time. The price had been $600.
- King said there are currently three cemeteries the city maintains. The city has added several new people to take care of the properties. Annual maintenance costs are around $55,000.
- The city repealed an executive order on official holidays, and adopted a new one to include Juneteenth – June 19 – which is the day officially recognized as the date in 1865 that U.S. Army General Gordon Granger read General Order Number 3 in Galveston, Texas, which proclaimed freedom for enslaved people in Texas. President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law on June 17, 2021.
• Heard the first reading of the budget for Fiscal Year 2022-2023. The new budget will require a second reading and publication, before it goes into affect July 1.