By: Larry W. Walthall

Member: FOWA

The Charleston City Council meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public. If you wish to address the council you will need to get on the agenda by calling City Hall at 965-2269 and ask for Tonya.

Mayor Sherman Hiatt called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM on June 1st. Present were Aldermen David Rice, James Schmitz, Ronnie Roper, Mary Bohannan, Jeff Hayes and Susan Potts. Also present was City attorney and legal council John Verkamp. City managers, Police, Maintenance and a member from the water department were there to give department updates and to answer questions. Also present was Sylvia Berry to talk to the council about a sewage problem at her resident. First order of business was to have the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence. A reading of last month’s minutes was looked over and approved by the council members.

Old Business: Progress Reports:

Ordinance 17:04 Alley closure on N. Greenwood. Ordinance was read and approved with no opposition. CLOSED

Ordinance 17:02 Smoking Ban Ordinance. Prohibiting smoking of all types of tobacco within certain areas of city parks. Read and approved

Open bids on water tower painting: There were 6 bids submitted for painting of the water tower. It was not clear in the bids if the tower leg structures were in the bids. New information was sent back to all who bid to insure everyone was bidding the entire tower. OPEN

Pallet factory property: Suggestion was made to contact owners of the Pallet factory to get a purchase price. A possible use would be for the city to extend the Charleston Water Facility by using this property. Mayor Hiatt contacted them for a price and reported back to the council. Discussion was open and no decisions for action was made. OPEN

New Business:

Sylvia Berry approached the council and presented a letter referring to a sewage problem she had at her property. She asked for the main sewer line be replaced in lower Charmont and that a sewer maintenance program be developed. She was also asking for reimbursement for the cost of repairs. Mayor Hiatt addressed to problem. The damage was due to tree roots and a rag clogged her sewage line therefore the city was not responsible for the damage. However Mayor Hiatt did offer city help with the cleanup process. CLOSED

Supervisor’s Reports:

Police- Chief Atchley report was reviewed and discussed by the council. No actions required.

Maintenance- Daniel Little stated that they had been painting in parks, repaired walking trail where heavy rains had washed out spots. Repaired rough spots on S. School St, brush hogged, weed eat, cleaned leaves and debris out of ditches and street drainage. Performed normal maintenance on equipment. Used Jet Machine on two-sewer blockage in Charmont and Darrin Dr.

Water Department: Tonya Talkington Worked one ¾ water tap at Bloomer. Lowered a 2” line on Main St. in front of the new Casey’s. There were no water breaks on any main water lines.

Water write offs and expenses were reviewed by the Council and approved.

Alderman Susan Potts made a motion that the council meeting be adjourned. Alderman James Schmitz 2nd the motion. The motion was voted and carried. Meetings adjourned.

The next meeting of the City Council will be Thursday, July 6th at 6:30 PM. Citizens of Charleston are encourage to come out and attend city council meetings.

It is always good that the people of Charleston know what your tax dollars are spent for and why. Do you know who your Alderman is? Contact them with questions, suggestion or ideas you might have about Charleston. It’s your town and your money, the mayor and city council work for you.