Water meter issues took up a bit of time Tuesday night, also.
The town’s controversial mayor Leslie Thompson said that a letter would be going out soon to customers who have not been paying or have no deposit. If they won’t pay up, the meters would be removed locked, the mayor said.
District B’s Renee Stringer asked town attorney Doug Stokes if the non-payers could be prosecuted. Stokes said they could be sued in civil court, but he wasn’t sure about criminal charges.
District A’s Sam Lamkin said that customers who have been getting large water bills have not been treated courteously by the city hall employees.
Thompson said he would address the issue.
It was also revealed that the company that issues the town’s water bills had not been paid promptly, resulting in delayed billing to customers. Thompson said they would be paid this week.
The town’s precarious financial position was also touched upon. Fiscal Administrator Bill Ryder submitted a report to the board in which he said there may not be sufficient funds to meet employee payroll this week.
Thompson said that he didn’t want to address those issues until Ryder could be at the council meetings, and that cash flow had been an issue for some time.
Thompson also hinted that another certificate of deposit may have to be redeemed.
We will be submitting a public records request for the fiscal administrator’s report.