EJ Water presents an updateEric Emmerick from EJ Water Cooperative presented a report to the council. EJ Water is making progress in cleaning out the sewer lines. However, there are some collapsed lines that will require repair and/or replacement. The cleanout should conclude at the end of August. Emmerick told the council of the importance to apply for the IDOC grants every year, whether for water or for sewer. Also noted was the importance that the city has to apply for them as EJ Water is ineligible to apply for the IDOC grants. The city will apply for the grants on behalf of EJ Water Cooperative. Emmerick would also inform the council that the water mains must be three inches wide, with sewer lines being ten inches wide. Currently, Witt has two-inch lines across the city. These lines originally serviced only one house, but as time passed, they would serve more residents. Replacement is necessary to meet current requirements. Mayor Tim Taylor thanked EJ Water Cooperative for the new computers.
Witt Fire Department: 10 fire calls and 21 EMS callsThe Witt Fire Department presented its monthly report, which would comprise of ten fire calls and 21 EMS calls. Also of note were 13 electrical hazards as a result of a recent story. Those hazards included seven structures. The department will have another fundraiser on Saturday, July 9. Additionally, the department received a grant for $2,400 to purchase new iPads.
AC unit needs replacing at city hallIt was mentioned during the treasurer’s report that the AC unit for the city hall will need replacing in the near future. Freon was recently added to the unit, but the type needed is no longer available.
Other Witt council businessThe Witt City Council took action on the following items of business:
Alley vacatedThe vacating of the alley at 204 N. Sixth St. was approved. The new ordinance will need a signature. The resident making the request will cover all costs.
Traffic mattersThe council approved the placement of a four-way stop at the intersection of E. Raymond and Young streets. They would also approve the oiling of streets, set to begin after July 6. The council directed the city clerk to contact CTI Fiber about ruts and messes left by their crews.
NuisancesDogs owned by Jan Richardson are continuing to run on the loose. Richardson has received a citation on the matter. The city clerk will continue to check to ensure the dogs have current rabies vaccines. If not, Richardson will receive another citation. Taylor will contact EJ Water to resolve an issue with the company’s after-hours number not working.
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