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Date Posted: 13:11:52 10/16/17 Mon
Author: River Oaks Reporter
Subject: Synopsis of Sept 26, 2017 River Oaks City Council Meeting

First item on the agenda was approval of the consent agenda.

Next item was approval of appointment of James Brown as the new Fire Chief.

Next council approved the placement of the shelter for the bus stop at city hall. The project manager reported last month they had 177 riders use the service from River Oaks.

Council approved a fall festival to be held in the parking lot of Victory Church Oct 31. 5-8pm

Council approved a fall festival to be held in the parking lot at One Faith Church on Oct 31.

Council approved entering into an agreement to perform additional engineering on James Dr. as an extension to the Schieme storm water drain improvements. Cost just under 20,000

Council approved to enter into an agreement to perform engineering services at city hall complex involving the Almena drainage channel which runs between Greenbriar and Glenwick. They will get the funds out of Storm Water for a cost of 7300.00

Council entered into a lengthy discussion on utility customers who become deceased. This is a project taken on by Councilman Joe Ashton. In the past, other council members have discussed not being happy with the way this is handled. Here lately, the wording of the letter given to the family members of the deceased has been changed. In the past Ashton has requested a 90 day delay on sending out such letters. For those who may not know: When city staff finds the property owner is deceased they immediately send out a letter that you need to get the water bill changed over to whom ever is handing the property which then immediately triggers a new water deposit, plus payment of inspection to get a new Certificate of Occupancy. This means the possibility of having to bring your house up to current code/standards 30 deys after losing a loved one. Joe mentioned calling other cities on how they handle this issue and some of them seemed quite shocked with the way River Oaks handles this situation. They for sure were shocked by the wording of the letter family members received, not to mention the new C/0 and the cost it would represent. Councilman Scott who in the past seemed to be on Joe's side expressed concern that we needed to get into these houses to inspect them for safety reasons. At which point Joe stated then let's just go inspect every house that hasn't been inspected for the 17 years that this has been enacted. The mayor who in the past has been very hard lined on this issue brought up his own personal situation that when he dies the house would go over to his grandson and would see no reason for it to be re-inspected. Councilman Holland and Butler seemed hard-lined on the issue. The mayor finally shut discussion and recommended Joe put together a committee to discuss this issue further.

Council approved 9300.00 to come from the community center dollar fund for lighting around the building.

Last item of the night was an update on the TWDS Capital Improvement Project. This was concerning the clarifer at the water treatment plant. Also some brief discussion on what to do with the house at the water treatment plant. Gordon Smith stated that it needs a lot of work and he needs direction from council on how they want to deal with it and he would be bringing it back at a later date.

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