SP cracks down on past due bills

Published 2:08 pm Sunday, December 10, 2017

SOUTH POINT — Those who have amassed large, delinquent sewer bills in the village of South Point may be experiencing a cutoff in their service.

Mayor Jeff Gaskin told the village council on Tuesday that crews have started cutting off service to those with bills of more than $1,000.

Gaskin said that some of those on the list had outstanding balances higher than $2,000.

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Village administrator Russ McDonald said by the end of next week, crews would have cut off at least a dozen accounts.

“All you have to do is pay your bills and everything is good in life, folks,” Gaskin said.

Council member Mary Cogan asked how much was expected to be brought in from the bills and

Gaskin told her the village estimated at least $100,000 in delinquent fees.

Gaskin was asked if any of those on the list would be able to set a payment plan to take care of the balances.

“One lady asked and we told her, ‘No ma’am, you’ve already been on a payment plan,’” Gaskin said. “At $25 a month, how long does it take to owe $2,490? I have no sympathy for anyone on this list.”

Gaskin said the village also would like to move on accounts that owe $500 or more.

The mayor also gave an update on the improvements to the village park, which were approved at last month’s meeting.

The village has ordered new playground equipment, including several handicapped-accessible pieces, from a grant that was originally intended for a spray park.

“They’ve started taking off the topsoil and have the outline done,” Gaskin said of the space. He said sand would be put down and the equipment should arrive and work done by the end of the year.

The council also heard from minster Scott Tierney of the organization Vets Helping Vets. He was asking for, and received, approval to conduct a street drive fundraiser, which took place Friday at the Solida Road overpass and U.S. Route 52.

Tierney said the group is a local, South Point organization.

“We try to help veterans and veterans’ families in the community,” he said.

He said some of the group’s efforts include helping to pay utility bills, buying clothes and collecting donated items.

He said, in the spring, the group operates an outdoor retreat for veterans,

“They can come in and gather,” he said. “They can pet and play with horses and get outside therapy.”

Tierney said the group is a nonprofit that has been in existence for about two years and exists solely on donations. He said anyone interested in donating can visit the group’s Facebook page, or call him at 740-744-7144.

The next meeting of council is 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 2. Gaskin said he would be swearing the two newest members, elected in November, that night.

In other business, the council:

• Adopted ordinances to amend appropriations ordinance for current expenses and expenditures for the fiscal years ending on Dec. 31, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2018.

• Approved an ordinance modifying salaries of village employees and fixing the rate of compensation.