Residents in Thomaston may have a little more money to spend on Christmas now that the electric bills may decrease. At the Thomaston City Council meeting on October 1, City Clerk Dennis Truitt notified the council of the rate change.
“In accordance with the city ordinance, the winter residential electric rates will be installed in our utility billing system effective October 1,” Truitt said. “The winter rates will be effective October through May.
“Also effective October 1, the summer maximum sewer usage for residential customers will be removed,” Truitt added. “The summer maximum usage of 20,000 gallons per month for billing sewer charges is effective April through September.”
In other business, the city council approved purchasing six 3-inch rewash valves and seven 6-inch filter valves for the water plant. City Manager Patrick Comiskey noted the purchase proposal came from the Perkison Company for a total cost of $35,255. Council member Gary Atwater made a motion to approve the purchase. Mayor Pro Tem Doug Head seconded the motion and it was approved, 4-0.
The council also approved an agreement with Allan Smith Consulting to help prepare a CDBG application for the city for the next phase of its water project, which will be the area going from Georgia Avenue north on 19 up to East Goodrich. Council member Patricia Perdue made a motion to approve the consulting fees. Council member Atwater seconded it and it was approved, 4-0.
Comiskey presented the council with a tree removal proposal to remover several tree on city property. SouthTel Tree Services had the winning bid of $8,450. Council member Atwater made a motion to approve the proposal. Mayor Pro Tem Head seconded the motion and it was approved, 4-0.
Tree removal proposal – That’s for removing several trees. A list has been provided. To spend $8,250 with SouthTel Tree Services of Thomaston removing the trees. Council member Atwater made a motion to approve the proposal. Mayor Pro Tem Head seconded and it was approved, 4-0.
Atwater, Head, 4-0.
The final business of the night was authorizing the City Manager to spend up to $60,000 for sewer line replacement in the Veterans Drive area. Comiskey said this is part of a line that comes north from Bell Creek to Hill Street, and also a section that comes down from Veterans Drive to the city complex, to the line that goes along the creek to Bell Creek.
“This is part of ongoing work that we are doing all across our community,” Mayor Hays Arnold added. “Once again, I want to congratulate the manager and the council for moving forward with this sort of thing, because there are things that need to be done.”
Council member Atwater made a motion to authorize the City Manager to spend up to $60,000. Council member Perdue seconded and it was approved, 4-0.