Council approves water deposit increase
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 4:38 AM
ADA - Ada Village Council met on Tuesday, Feb. 19, for a regular meeting at Council Chambers. All members of council, Mayor Dave Retterer Police Chief Mike Harnishfeger, and Village Administrator Jim Meyer were present. Pay Ordinances 2013-03 A, B, and C were passed for a total of $216, 104.20. Following the approval of the pay ordinance, Mayor Retterer opened the floor to the public, which was absent from the meeting for the first time in recent months. He also appointed councilwoman Beth Fenton to the Regional Planning Commission, an appointment which she has accepted.A first reading was then passed for Ordinance 2013-01. This ordinance is an amendment to Codified Ordinance 925.16 which raises the deposit a renter must make in order to receive water services from the Village of Ada from $100 to $200. The deposit increase was deemed necessary by Council to make up for the increase in water rates, and will allow the Village to better cover outstanding charges for delinquent accounts. The previous $100 deposit rarely covered all charges left behind by delinquent renters because services are not terminated until two unpaid months have passed. The amended ordinance also now includes the coverage of storm sewer charges. The deposit will be applied to charges in the order of garbage, OM&R, sewer, storm sewer, and water charges, and will pay each in full as long as it is an adequate amount to do so. Once the deposit has been exhausted, any remaining charge will placed on a final bill to the renter.
There were no resolutions on the agenda for the meeting,nor was there any old or new business presented by council for discussion. In committee reports, Jeff Oestreich, Safety, asked for a meeting to be held on March 12; Kathy Cole, reported on the Personnel Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, during which requirements were discussed for the replacement of Meyer for his future retirement; Jimmy Wilson, Streets Committee, reported on the meeting also held Feb. 12, and asked for a committee meeting to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26; Don Fleming, Finance, thanked Mayor Retterer for his discussion of the updates on the new Village of Ada website that is currently being built by a group of ONU engineering students during the Feb. 12 Finance Committee meeting; and Fenton, Utilities, reported on the discussion of the previously mentioned water deposit rates during the Feb. 12 meeting, and asked for a Utilities Committee meeting to also be held on Feb. 26.
Following Committee Reports, Oestreich made the for an Executive Session for the purpose of discussing confidential investigatory record with Chief Harnishfeger. No action was expected to be taken following the Executive Session.