During the bi-monthly meeting of the Ripley City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 1, Mayor Carolyn Rader assured the Council and residents of Ripley that the erosion issue on the dam behind the Ripley Water Treatment Facility is not related to the drying up of local lakes.

Chief Water Operator Jim Mitchem and his maintenance crew have been working on an issue with the dam behind the Water Treatment Facility since April 27. The issue stemmed from erosion below the dam causing water to drain from Millcreek.

Due to Mitchem and the other members of his crew, the problem was quickly noticed and a temporary resolution was put in place.

A grant from the USDA has been received to permanently fix the dam and is currently underway.

“We have never been in danger of losing any drinking water or fire protection,” Rader said.

Issues with local lakes losing water are due to the current drought being experienced; however, Rader reassured both the Council and residents that the quality of the city’s drinking water will not be effected by the drought either.

In other business:

• Ripley Chief of Police Brad Anderson reported that Ripley and Ravenswood Police Departments, including the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, recently worked together to complete a warrant sweep leading to the arrest of 17 individuals and collection of $2,000 in fines.

• Trick-or-Treat for Ripley is set for 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.

• Council approved the second readings on both the B&O Rate Adjustments and Public Safety and Street Assessment Revisions.

• Rader noted the Exercise Park at the Ripley City Park will be complete as soon as the equipment is received.

• The next Ripley City Council meeting will be 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Ripley Municipal Building located at 203 Church Street South.