- Yeske reported on her meeting with the Witt Fire Department at the last officers meeting. Discussion was held regarding the proposed ordinance changes and there was some disagreement on the changes. The involved parties agreed to disagree and move forward, and Yeske is in the process of getting the ordinance changes submitted to Mayor Greta Akers and city attorney Chris Sherer for updating.
- The city employee handbook is still a work in progress, according to Martin, and is not ready to be presented at this time.
- Akers submitted a list of uncollectable water bills, which are being removed from the system and written off as bad debt. Although the bills are being written off, if the current owner of a property wants water service turned back on, they must pay their old water bill. The motion was approved.
- Akers presented the ordinance to approve and join the Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network, which would assist the city should a disaster take place in the community. In a previous meeting, the council had agreed to join for the annual cost of $100. The ordinance was approved.
- Akers requested for the renewal of dues payable to the Illinois Municipal League in the amount of $150. The motion was approved.
- Discussion took place regarding the water billing ordinance on whether the current system of billing monthly was saving or costing the city money. Through discussion, the board, with the exception of alderman Tim Taylor, felt that sending out monthly bills, in addition to the labor costs to send out someone to read the meter was costing the city more money in regards to postage. The council, sans Taylor, voted to change the billing cycle back to a bi-monthly basis.
- Akers presented the revised alcohol sales ordinance, removing the sales restriction of 12 noon, as voted upon in October. The revised ordinance passed.
- Yeske mentioned the thought of hiring another employee to work in the water department and after some discussion, a special public meeting will be held Tuesday, December 5 at 7 p.m. with a committee of Akers, Taylor and alderman Brandon White presiding.
- Yeske inquired about holding bid openings for work to be done within the city as well for a city auditor and city engineer. Business was tabled for the December meeting.
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