After taking a break from local government for the past quarter century or so, Lloyd Bateman is back on the Trezevant Board of Aldermen.
Bateman was sworn in as alderman by town attorney Charlie Trotter during the Aug. 10 board meeting.
A lifelong Trezevant resident, Bateman, 77, was appointed to the board by Mayor Bobby Blaylock to fill the vacancy left by former alderman Eddie Granger, who resigned back in June.
Bateman formerly served as alderman for about 15 years in the 1980’s and 90’s.
Well known in the Trezevant community, Bateman ran his own barber shop in the town for 45 years. He is retired from barbering now, but he says he still does some farming on his own land.
He and his wife, Hope, have one grown daughter.
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Water/sewer rate hikes finalized
The board voted to pass a set of water/sewer rate and fee increases on a second and final reading.
This ordinance raises the minimum monthly bill for water usage to $22.16 for the first 1,000 gallons used with $3.35 being charged per 1,000 gallons after that. The monthly minimum for sewer goes up to $24.33 for the first 1,000 gallons, after which $3.64 is charged for each additional 1,000 gallons.
The ordinance also doubles the reconnection fee $25 to $50 and schedules additional rate increases starting in July of next year, which includes $3.85 for water and $4.14 for sewer for additional 1,000 gallons after the first 1,000.
In other business:
•The board was advised that Liz Yohman of Trezevant is currently training under town CMFO Jeff Goad and will take over Goad’s position in about five weeks.
•Aldermen voted to have core samples done for around $15,000 to satisfy requirements by CSX Railroad and TDOT in hopes that this will move things forward in getting something done about the big pot hole on Park Street.
•A beer board meeting and public hearing was set for Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., respectively, immediately before the regular monthly board meeting. The purpose of the meeting and hearing is to discuss and get public feedback on the possibility of allowing Sunday beer sales in the town. Alderman Don Barger brought up the matter, suggesting that it would bring in additional revenue for the town.