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Amboy Council discusses issue with water billing

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 17th, 2013

AMBOY – The Amboy City Council met on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, with Alderman John Schamberger absent and over 20 people in the audience.

Under committee reports, Alderman Schamberger submitted a written report in-lieu of his absence from the meeting. Regarding the park board, he and Gary Wilhelm met with Ernest Miller and Larry Morgan under the Miller Shelter at Amboy City Park on Aug. 20. Mr. Miller would like to change the name of his family’s shelter to the Miller-Morgan shelter. He said that the two families have been really close friends for many years and would like their name on the shelter as well. They will be getting a new sign made to hang at the shelter.

Schamberger’s report also mentioned that two picnic tables have been returned to the park. They are now only missing 10 of the original 12 tables. If anyone has borrowed tables and forgot to bring them back or is in need of help moving them back, please call city hall and he will be glad to help out.

Schamberger also appreciated Dean and Mandy Powers letting the city know of the streetlight that was out in their neighborhood. Also, some street resurfacing will be started, probably next week.

Alderman Stuckemeyer reported that the water/sewer department is still working on the generator placement. It will be completed hopefully before winter.

During concerns from the audience, Darlene Hinkle spoke before the council. She stated that in 1991 she took over billing of water in Amboy. She explained the reasons for why some meters were billed and some not, usually because the house was empty for various reasons, and it would be less expensive to the owner than having the water turned on and off. She said this was the procedure she started and apologized for the current problem but she did it in good faith to the people of this community.

Hank Gerdes voiced his opinion that the 110 meters that were not billed the $14 fee should be billed. He wants money back or bills sent to the 110 meters. He thanked Alderman Hoy for bringing this up. He also felt that the sidewalk problem would not exist if the city had hired a professional city administrator.

Randy Singleton felt that people should come to the city meetings and bring other people with them.

Under unfinished business, Alderman Hoy advised that she has gone back to 2005 in checking for unbilled water meters. People should take it upon themselves as to who got a bill and who didn’t. They should come forth and pay if they had not received a bill. Hoy said, “This is for the betterment of Amboy. I will give an update every month until we have an answer.”

Under new business, the council approved the sale of the police department Expedition to Ashton Police Department for $4,000, which is within the resale range for this vehicle.

A zoning change from R1 to C1 was approved for the Seier Gift Shop at 100 S. Mason Ave.

The council approved the appointment of a Property Maintenance Code Appeals Board consisting of Bill Burke, Dan Long and Daryl Stuckemeyer.

The council also approved resolutions for hiring part-time employees John Pierce as crossing guard and Julie DeArmitt for the community building.

Bids were received for trees that needed to be taken down on North Metcalf Avenue, North East Avenue, South Prospect, South Washington and four stump removals at the city park. The council approved the bid from Brad’s Tree Service in the amount of $2,125. The other bid was received from Do It Best in the amount of $2,300.

Alderman Stuckemeyer advised of a problem with wells going dry on West Hawley. After getting prices on temporarily fixing the problem by hooking up to another line or putting in a new six-inch water main with a fire hydrant, it was approved to go with the new line in the amount of approximately $6,000 plus engineering costs.

The animal control report included five dog calls, three were unfound and two were returned to owners with citations.

It was also announced that there would be a “Pancakes for the People” breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the community building. Pancakes and sausage will be served starting at 8 a.m. This is sponsored by some local elected officials, John Schamberger-Amboy Alderman, Casey Considine and Wes Morrissey-Lee County Board members, and Dennis McCoy-Amboy Township Supervisor.

With no further business or comments, the meeting was adjourned.

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