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Wadley tightening utilities rules

At Monday’s meeting of Wadley Town Council, the council approved an ordinance on payment of utility bills. With the deposit fees and utility costs to customers, the town wanted to cut own on the number of delinquent and unpaid utility bills.

Mayor Donna McKay said the town talked with other municipalities in the area and they were all experiencing the same problems, unpaid bills from residents and those who were renting leaving without paying their bills.

The resolution lays out the following guidelines:

First a new resident or renter must submit an application, pay the deposit and sign a contract.

The due date of utility bills is the 15th of each month, with the bill being delinquent on the 16th, not including holidays or the weekend.

A late notice will be mailed with a grace period between the 16th and 25th of each month. The late notice will include a ten-dollar late fee. If the bill is not paid by the 26th, the utilities will be disconnected if not a holiday, Friday or the weekend.

Mayor McKay said the town has to collect the bill in the same month. The ordinance will go in affect immediately for applications and deposits and with the May billing on the billing dates.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved updated policies for use of town property. A $100 deposit must be made and $50 will be returned if the property is left in the same condition it was before the rental.
  • Heard a report from Police Chief Cory Ligon the police department had a total of 56 calls/incidents for February. The chief stated that on Monday afternoon two people were arrested in connection with stolen property. The property was found in two separate locations.
  • Approved for the mayor to attend the League of Municipalities Convention and serve as the voting delegate. Councilman Michael will be the first alternate delegate and Jim Hall will be the second alternate.
  • Approved to pay Marcia Houze $700 to operate the town’s farmer’s market each Tuesday from May 16 to August 29 from 8am to 11am.
  • Approved to increase the rate of pay for Joe Howard, utility department helper from $9 to $10 per hour.
  • Set the annual Easter Egg Hunt for Saturday, March 25 from 2pm to 330pm.
  • Set the next council meeting for Monday, April 3 at 5pm.

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