Feb 9, 2014

Greenville residents face shut-off if water meter not changed

BY RYAN BERRY
MANAGING EDITOR
GREENVILLE – While many Greenville residents have already complied and had their water meters changed over to the new system Safety/Service Curt Garrison reported some are still lagging behind. The delay may cause the city to take drastic action to keep the changeover on schedule. Council learned of the plan at the Feb. 4 council meeting.

Garrison shared the city has left notices on the doors of residents that haven’t scheduled an appointment to have the water meters changed, but some still haven’t called. Once two notices have been left the city calls the resident to try and make an appointment. In order to keep the company installing the water meters on schedule and to complete the project before the deadline set by council the city will be sending letters to residents who have failed to set up an appointment after the first three attempts. The letter will give the resident five days to set up an appointment. If an appointment is not scheduled the city will shut off their water.

Garrison was questioned about persons on extended vacations and vacant houses. He responded, “Snow birds generally have their mail forwarded.” They will be aware of the situation he said. As for vacant homes, Garrison noted water isn’t a necessity and the water meter can be installed when a tenant is found.

Regarding the letter Garrison said, “This is not something we want to do, but I feel it is needed.”

In other business, council:

* hear the first reading of a temporary appropriations ordinance allowing for an increase in temporary appropriations in the Park and Pool funds. The appropriations would include $4,500 for salaries and $15 for other expenses in the park fund and $11,000 for other expenses in the pool fund. A motion to read the ordinance a second and third time failed.

* approved resolutions regarding public transportation, including the purchase of two light transit vehicles.

* approved a supplemental appropriation ordinance to replace a damaged street light. The city will be reimbursed by the insurance company.

The next regular meeting of Greenville City Council will be Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers, Municipal Building.

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