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The City of Chrisman held their meeting a little late this month, having it on January 27th. The meeting began with the approval of the previous meeting minutes along with claims in the amount of $19,891.55.
The only matter of unfinished business was during the training of Erik Bohle on his new position. While training, a problem was found at the sewer plant with the clarifier.
According to Commissioner Bryan Haddix, they would do repairs on the clarifier so it would work properly until a new part can be replaced.
“They’re going to do the work at zero expense to us right?” asked Mayor Danny Owen. Commissioner Haddix stated that he believed that was true.
Haddix also said that bids are now being accepted for the property on Illinois Street. “It’s been a long time coming,” Haddix said. The matter will be put on the agenda for the next meeting.
For new business, Mayor Owen brought up the water rates that would be increasing with this next billing cycle.
“We’re sticking with our schedule, so we need to do that so they can do the billing,” Mayor Owen said. The increase will be seen on both the water and sewer rates.
Matt Johnson of Fehr Graham gave the city a schedule of what the increases need to be in order to pay for the project of getting water from Paris.
“We’re not necessarily going up five percent, just up to five percent?” asked Commissioner Thad Crispin.
Owen confirmed that was correct.
Due to not seeing much of a payback going towards the project, the council approved to raise the increase to the five percent for the next billing cycle.
Commissioner Crispin stated that he had recently spoken to Eric Lewsader about the electricity being installed for the new pavilion in Centennial Park.
“He’s waiting for some parts,” Commissioner Crispin said. “Hopefully, by the end of next week or the following week, we should be starting. Depending on the weather of course.”
Crispin said that he would be speaking with the engineer and getting his expenditure list discussed to be able to begin projects for the new year.