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Water turn-on fee going up in Bruceton

Bruceton citizens will soon be required to pay an increased Water Service Processing Fee. Bruceton Mayor and Board of Aldermen passed the first of two required readings on the new ordinance at the Feb. 11 meeting.

“The new ordinance will replace the system of deposits,” said Bruceton Mayor Bob Keeton.

Four other resolutions also passed along with a couple of donation requests.

The mayor expressed condolences to the family of Ryan Bennett Mills concerning her recent death. He thanked the fire department for taking care of business in the situation and the police department for their assistance. For this heinous crime, he asked that justice be served.

The water processing fee ordinance says that any person requesting water service for any building whether used for a business, dwelling or any other purpose will be required to pay a processing fee to the town recorder before the water can be turned on.

The processing fee will increase from $25 to $50 if the individual owns the property and from $175 to $200 for those renting the property. All processing fees are non-refundable. 

Once a processing fee for a specific water service has been paid, the property owner will not be required to pay an additional processing fee to have water service restored in his or her name for that specific service. However, a renter will be required to pay a processing fee each time a request for water service is made.

The second reading will take place on March 10 at which time it will go into effect.

Aldermen adopted a resolution on an Identity Theft Policy that concerns securing identifiable information on customers and employees. This policy was adopted because someone had tried unsuccessfully to hack into the town’s computer system.

A second resolution for Adopting a Computer Use and Monitoring Policy passed. This policy concerns employees about securing the system with pass words and sites that shouldn’t be reached.

A resolution concerning Social Media Use and Internet Posting Policy passed. 

A resolution passed that allows the town to request one-time funding of $30,000 from the state. It will be used for street paving.

Aldermen made donations to American Legion Boys’ State for $350 and $400 to Bruceton Women’s Club for Girls’ State.

Water Superintendent Brian Edwards told aldermen that a lift is needed for a surplus truck for the Police Department. The cost is expected to be between $16,000 and $18,000.

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