With Deborah Stone
Enfield Mayor Tom Harbour received a letter in December from Sheriff Doug Maier requesting that the village pay $500 per month for basic dispatch services. This is due to budget problems within White County. The fees are scheduled to come due every month starting January 1, 2019. Mayor Harbour and Roy Kissell, Norris City Mayor, have scheduled a meeting with the Sheriff to discuss the fees on Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m. The trustees had several questions that they wanted the Mayor to bring up at the meeting: 1. What happens if Enfield doesn’t pay the fee? 2. How much do county board members make per meeting? 3. What happens to those residents who reside in the county, but live outside city/village limits. How do they pay?
Enfield’s budget has already been set for the year and the board says if this fee is imposed they will have to raise utility rates. They stated that citizens already pay real estate taxes which should cover this, and there is a tax on every phone bill that goes toward the 911 Dispatch.
The Enfield board meeting was called to order by Mayor Tom Harbour at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18 at the Village hall. Present were Mayor, Tom Harbour; Treasurer, Angela Carter; Clerk, Debbie Stone and trustees Jeanie Palmiter, Maurie Black, Aaron Dauby, Terry Harrison and Jim Bolin. Others present in the chambers included: Village Secretary, Tammy Jones; Utilities Superintendent, Steve Bishop; Scott Mareing of WROY/WRUL Radio, Village Attorney Jonathan Turpin, and Linda Fechtig, resident.
The minutes, treasurer’s report and bills were all approved.
In old business, photos of properties owned by the Jim Taylor Family, Michael
Dugan, and David Newman, Jr. were passed to the trustees. These were three properties that have not complied with any attempt to “clean up.” Trustees Harrison and Bolin quipped “We’ve got to do something to make these people clean up their property.”
Attorney Turpin said that the Police Officer needs to write a citation for violation of Village ordinances and, once that is done, it can be filed at the courthouse and the Village can get a hearing. A rumor has it that the Newman house as well as the Dugan house have been sold. However, both are in violation of the ordinances as they, not the new owners, are the ones in violation of the ordinance. Therefore, citations will be written to them.
Harrison stated, “We’ve got cars parked on streets, storage buildings sitting on rightof- ways, with nothing being done. This has got to stop, other villages and towns don’t allow these things to happen, so why do we?”
It was decided to send a letter to the individual with the vehicle parked on the street, giving them seven days to remove it or it would be towed. Mayor Harbour will be contacting the individual about the storage building sitting on a right-of-way. The mobile home that was discussed last month has been cleaned up, except for the steel frame. Mayor Harbour thanked Joe Allen, as he represented the fire department that day.
The park has been closed for the winter.
Officer Beam was not in attendance as he had family obligations.
Utilities Superintendent Steve Bishop, reminded residents that no matter what or where you are going to dig, you must first contact JULIE. This is the law. Recently, a resident was doing some digging without calling JULIE and hit a water line. The simple project ended up costing him about $1200. He feels there needs to be a way to get word to police or utility workers when Tammy has a problem in the office with irate customers. This happened recently, and law enforcement had to be called. He suggested a camera could protect the village form legal actions and for prosecution purposes if necessary. Not long ago, an irate customer, who’s utilities had been disconnected due to non-payment, came to the office after calling and making threatening remarks and began getting belligerent with Tammy. She called the Sheriff’s office and he and a deputy responded; however, no action was taken. Jim Bolin suggested that in the future, if there is a problem, she should call 911, then lay the phone down and let anyone know that someone will be there very shortly.
Attorney Jonathan Turpin brought up the topic of the former White County Landfill. From his understanding, each village that participated in the landfill will have to pay something. The Trustees agreed to allow Mayor Harbour the authority to make decisions concerning the landfill with Jonathan. Jonathan also presented his bill for the last four months in the amount of $1258.00. The amount is for his monthly retainer fees as well as other services he provides. The Board voted to pay this bill.
The Board received a “thank you” from Lois and Donnie Duckworth for the windchimes that were sent to them upon the passing of her brother, Ronnie Gardner.
Mayor Harbour wished each and everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m.