Washington City Council Meets
The Washington City Council met Monday night and addressed a shortfall in the Waste Water accounts by taking unused money left over from grants received for the waste water department to pay for some equipment and mitigate bond expenses. The Mayor said that the shortfall was caused when suppositions made in establishing rates two years ago proved to be faulty. The Council also passed two ordinances to transfer Sergesketter’s (SIR gus KETTER) position from the police department to the Building Commissioner’s office.
In a break with precedent, the Republican dominated City Council elected Joe Fleck, one of only two Democrats on the Council, as the Council President for 2013. The Mayor also re-appointed Ralph Brummett and Councilman Eric Bassler to the Board of Public Works and Safety.
In other business, Richard Swarn and his wife appeared before the Council to ask help in dealing with flooding caused by the construction in the area of the West Wood Crossing development. The Mayor and the Council will meet with the contractor and see how the flow patterns in the area can be corrected.
At the end of the meeting Mayor Wellman and the Council praised the City Street Department for their work during the recent snow storms. The Mayor also thanked the Fire Department for their work on several fires over the past couple of weeks. Fire Chief Dave Rhoads reported that the two firemen injured over the weekend have been released from the hospital although one will need further medical treatment for his injury.