The Barrackville Sewer Board is looking for new members | Community Columns

So in case you haven’t heard, due to Fairmont’s rising water rates, sewage fees are increasing. To the same extent, the waste water charges must rise.

There is no choice or negotiation as to how the raises can be avoided. Our City Council and Sewer Authority work hard in our community to make it a safe and healthy place to raise a family. The City Council will invite members of the community to a discussion on exactly how and why prices will increase.

It is unfortunate that we must expect even higher utility bills during these trying times, but we as a community must respect the advice and offer polite and thoughtful comments and questions on the subject. Please keep an open mind and do not encourage harsh or false rhetoric towards our neighbors.

Educate yourself by attending meetings and learning about actions taken. You can also contact City Hall to serve on the sewer committee if you think you have helpful ideas. This can also be a good time to explore how you can save water by fixing that leaky faucet or replacing the internals of an older toilet.

K-9 Go fund me

Barrackville Police Department is trying to raise money to replace the K9 officer currently on duty. He is 8.5 years old and the city wants to continue offering this valuable service. Funds raised will be used to purchase a new K9 who is fully patrol and narcotics trained and will work in Barrackville and be available to support any Marion County agency. All funds raised will be used to purchase the K9 and train the K9 and handler. Any money raised over the target will be used for better K9 housing, K9 equipment, and equipment and training needed by the Barrackville Police Department. Search Go Fund Me ‘K9 Fundraising’ to donate.

National Night

Barrackville Police Officers are sponsoring a National Night Out on August 2nd. The event aims to improve the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while restoring a true sense of community. It offers a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together in positive circumstances. Officers will set up two stations for community members to stop by and meet the officers protecting our community, one in the camp area and one on Pike Street. A limited number of freebies will be offered to guests while supplies last. This is a great opportunity to meet and talk to officers, ask questions, check equipment and even say hello to current K9 officer Reudiger. Times will be announced later.

Fairmont Knights of Columbus Big Bucks Bingo

The Fairmont Knights Of Columbus will host Big Bucks Bingo on Sunday, July 31st at the Knights Of Columbus Hall on Mary Lou Retton Drive. The event includes 5 early bird games of $35 each, 22 bingo games of $100 each, winner take all, prediction boards and 50/50 drawing. Doors open at 12pm and bingo games start at 1.30pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 304-366-7336. public invited. $30 donation.

Fairview News

Fairview will be hosting a free concert in Fairview City Park with the Sapp’s Hollow Band on Saturday, August 6 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, and vendors, to be announced, will bring your own chair.

council meeting

The city council appointed Andy Tennant as clerk. The City Council will meet twice a month until urgent matters are resolved. Meetings are every first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. The Sewer Board meets on the last Friday of the month at 9am to save on the cost of paying Thrasher to attend an evening meeting. Police report: K9’s fundraiser is approximately $5,000. Chief Wilson created a Go Fund Me account to encourage online donations.

The Officer Certification Report clarified that Chief Wilson is qualified under applicable law and has met all the requirements necessary to serve the community in the capacity of police chief. Fire Department Report: Chief Snider reported that the company had purchased the cement saw and that the monitors had been ordered and delivery was expected in two months. Sewers: Eric Southern reported the forced mains on schedule, when the bids are complete they will be presented to the City Council. Thrasher conducts a line inspection near the Covered Bridge on lines not previously inspected on camera.

The recommendation to the sewer authority was to purchase a laptop so that work and reports can be carried out remotely on pipes and pumping stations. Brush was cut on School Street and a pothole on Chestnut Street was patched with coal. Keep collecting plow and cinder box estimates.

Wastewater Ordinance: Fairmont Water raises water rates from 94.5 cents to $1.19 in 60 days, with further increases planned for July 1, 2020 to $1.30 and 2024 to $1.35. This will force the Barrackville Sewerage Department to increase rates at the same pace to maintain a balanced budget. The council will publish planned increases and invite the public to attend a planned open house to ensure transparency in all operations.

The Force Main project will begin in October at an estimated cost of US$1.9 million and Phase IV of the project will cost US$2.7 million. An open day to present the project is planned. Proposal to place information in the community at the post office where more people may congregate. The council hopes to launch an official city website so residents can rely on official information.

We are looking for volunteers for a seat on the municipal council. If you are interested, please contact the town hall. Planning Commission: At the next meeting, the commission will recommend that the city council appoint Josh Southern and Andy Tennant as council representatives. Proposal by the Planning Commission to draft an ordinance by reading the title rather than the full document. This should be on the August 2nd City Council agenda. They are still reviewing the survey of parishioners for important parish needs.

Unfinished business highlighted the work the planning committee has been working on over the past year. The Planning Committee believes the International Property Maintenance Code is urgently needed. Discussion revolved around abandoned cars, abandoned properties and properties that are in poor condition and do not comply with regulations. Grass length will be a matter for decision upon adoption of the Code. Part-time Code Enforcement Officer is still wanted. Council convened for executive session.

Channel Committee members wanted

Barrackville City Council is looking for a member or two of the community to serve on the Sewer Board. Anyone who would like to help in any way can contact City Hall for more information on how to apply. The Sanitary Authority has control and oversight of the construction, acquisition, improvement, equipment, custody, operation, and maintenance of sewage collection systems and sewage treatment plants, interceptors, spillways, power lines, pumping stations, and ejector stations.

K9 Paint Party fundraiser

There will be a paint party to raise funds for a new K9 officer for the Barrackville Police Department. The party will take place on Saturday, August 13 at 4:00 p.m. in the Lions Community Building. The theme will be a sky with an American flag and a tree silhouette. There will be a special Reudiger paw print on each painting. Everything is supplied, and the painting will be on an 11×14 canvas. A cash or check payment of USD 25 can be made on the day of the event. There will be a limit of 25 places. Email [email protected] to register by August 10th. Thanks for your support!

City Hall contact information

Barrackville Town Hall PO Box 26, 716 Pike Street, Barrackville, 26559. Phone 304-366-9372 Fax 304-366-3053 Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact Information: If you have news for our column, contact Diana Marple by email [email protected] before 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.

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