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South Point: No plans for metered water

SOUTH POINT — The village of South Point is stressing that there are no plans to install water meters.

Council member Bill Patrick raised the issue at Tuesday’s meeting of council, following what he said was chatter on Facebook falsely claiming the council and mayor had plans for meters.

“They’re saying that we, as a council, are supposed to be in favor of putting in water taps,” Patrick said.

“And you, as a council, are part of ‘they,’” Mayor Jeff Gaskin said.

“And we never agreed to put them in,” Patrick said. “The only thing we said is that the EPA is trying to get us to.”

“They may someday force us to,” Gaskin said. “But we don’t have any plans to in the foreseeable future.”

The council also heard from village administrator Russ McDonald, who addressed complaints about an odor from the sewer plant.

McDonald said the main cause is because of the increased capacity of the plant over the years and its design, dating to the 1970s.

“Newer plants have things like green sand filters,” he said. “We need to remove more solids.”

McDonald said an engineer from the state will visit and inspect the plant on July 8 and will offer suggestions on changes that can be made to address the problem.

In other business, the council:

• Passed on the issue of a disturbance of the peace ordinance, as the finalized version was not ready for consideration

• Heard from Gaskin, who announced that the village would be raffling a 2013 Cadillac, confiscated from a drug dealer, at this weekend’s Party in the Park.

“It’s a nice, black, pretty Cadillac,” he said, adding that proceeds from the $50 raffle tickets will go toward handicapped-accessible playground equipment.

• Voted to create the new position of office assistant for the village.

• Heard from police chief Chris Mahjer, who said the village recently hired a new officer and is looking for experienced candidates to fill a remaining position.

• Approved the fire department taking bids for a new truck.

• Heard from residents who discussed issues with neighbors violating ordinances on maintenance of property, to which the village pledged to look into.