The council decided it would be a wonderful thing to have by the city’s 200th anniversary in 2016.
Following the council meeting, the Board of Public Works and Safety met and approved the annual closing of streets for the Washington Catholic Community ‘s Summer Social. On June 1 -2, N.E. Second Street will be closed between Hefron and Flora streets, and Hefron Street will be closed between N.E. First and Second streets.
The board also approved an amendment to the city’s utility write-off policy.
“This year and next year we’ll do two years’ write-offs,” said Washington Municipal Utilities Office Manager Anita Ash. “We’ll do one year after that.”
She explained that when people are delinquent and can’t be located, they can’t be taken to Small Claims Court. Currently, Ash said, she has a list of delinquent accounts dating from 2006 and 2007, as well as lists of bankruptcies and deceased people with no estate. The amount totaled $132,000.
“It seems like a lot, but when you look at the numbers, we’re really doing pretty good,” she said. “That’s less than 1 percent of what we bill.”
In other business, the board approved a right-of-way services agreement with Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates that allows them to hire appraisers for the intersection relocation project on the east side.