The Ravenswood City Council heard from a citizen concerning her water bill and the inclusion of a street assessment fee on her bill.


The Ravenswood City Council heard from a citizen concerning her water bill and the inclusion of a street assessment fee on her bill.

Sharon Miller approached Council saying her water bill has been more than $50 and $60 for the past two months. When she approached the city about the bill, she said someone supposedly was sent to re-read the meter. She was given a new amount and paid the bill. However, she was later told by a neighbor that her meter had not been read recently as it was full of leaves and dirt.

Councilman Billy Sharp said she did not have an electronic meter at her house, meaning someone would have to manually read it.  Mayor Lucy Harbert said she would investigate the situation.

Miller also asked Council to consider rescinding the $2 street assessment and $1 recreation fees from the bill. She brought Paving Assessment Certificates from the 1960s showing where she and her husband had paid more than $300 to have the street on which they live paved.

Miller also said she is sure some households have not paid into street assessments and would like to see them pay as much into it as she has over the years.

Mayor Harbert explained the reason for the $2 assessment was to help the city maintain the streets. “We didn’t have enough money to take care of the streets,” she said. “We just put (the assessment fee) back on to those who were not already paying it to try to raise the money to maintain our streets.”

In other Council business, a second reading of a corrected ordinance establishing the fees for water deposits was approved. The ordinances fixes a typographical error made in 1998. The amount new water customers must pay for their security deposit is now $75.

Council also approved a request to rent the NYA Hall for weekly line dancing classes. However, because the group said the facility may not be needed every week and would reserve it on a week-by-week basis, Council proposed that the group use the rental contract already in place, rather than establishing a special rental fee. Council also determined taps or boots should not be worn by the group as they ruin the floors and that the line dancers cannot store food or drinks there.

The next meeting of the Ravenswood City Council will be February 2, 2010, at 7 p.m.