BY Lindsay Owens Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald
---- — Washington City Council members met Monday night and passed four ordinances dealing with utility service past due bill charges and reconnect fees. The fees for each of the departments will now be the same. Most notably, late fees for bills from any of the utility departments will now be 10 percent of the bill across the board.
A first reading on a ordinance to change the prices for WaterWorld of Washington was also held. Mayor Joe Wellman said the ordinance will have a final reading at the next council meeting.
Wellman also announced that the installation of the new roof on the building that houses the mayor’s office, council chambers and one of the city’s two fire stations, was almost complete. Two clean-up days for the city were also announced. Wellman said that April 5 would be community clean-up day and on April 26, Perdue would be sponsoring another clean-up day.
The mayor also signed a proclamation declaring April Month of the Military Child. Documents presented by Jane Anne Beard and Jennifer Stefancik stated that 20,000 children in Indiana have one or more parents serving in the military. Approximately 65 of those children are in Daviess County.
During the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting bids were accepted for the upcoming sidewalk replacement program. Officials said that so far about 20 applications for the cooperative replacement plan had been submitted, but more were to be expected before the April 15 deadline. Hardrock Concrete was awarded to do the job. Wellman said that the company had completed other work on city projects in the past.
Bids were also accepted for asphalt and the project was awarded to Milestone, a company based in Bloomington that currently has an asphalt plant near Cannelburg.
Tony Potts was transferred from swing shift to second shift at the water department and promotions were approved for three members of the fire department. Fire Chief Dave Rhoads said that Battalion Chief Kevin Pride will be retiring at the end of the month after 23 years with the department. Steve Walden will be moved to battalion chief while Shaun Gray will move to captain and Dwayne Murphy will move to lieutentant.
The Catholic Community of Washington street closing request for their annual summer social May 31 and June 1 was also approved.