Rates Go Up by 39 Cents per Month
By Will Johnson
CROCKETT – The Crockett City Council met in a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Oct. 21 in meeting highlighted by the passage of several ordinances.
As the meeting got underway, City Administrator John Angerstein provided the council with an update on the wrecked police patrol unit which resulted from a high speed chase.
“We received insurance proceeds for that vehicle in the amount of $46,000. The payoff on the vehicle was $37,000,” he said.
Angerstein explained to purchase a new Tahoe it would cost the city approximately $52,000-$54,000, less the $9,000. While the suspect involved in the chase had insurance, the city’s insurance picked up the tab and will attempt to recoup the costs from the other insurance carrier. Because this was a discussion only item, no action was taken on the matter.
As the meeting continued, an ordinance to change (increase) the garbage and trash rates was approved by the council.
“This is something we discussed in the budget workshop,” Angerstein said. “The increase in expenditure and increase in revenue – as expected – we knew we would have to budget for a two percent increase. We received notice of that and that is in our revenue and expense sides of our budget. The total amount of that increase is $52,285 to pay our contractor.”
For residential service with one container, the cost will go up 39 cents per month. The rate will go from $19.77 to $20.16.
In other matters brought before the council:
- Minutes from the Sept. 16 meeting of the city council were approved.
- Police Chief Clayton Smith reported the police department received 418 calls for service during the month of September which resulted in 43 arrests. There were 463 traffic citations issued and 93 police reports filed.
- Crockett Fire Chief Jason Frizzell had a previous commitment and was unable to attend the meeting. As a result, the city administrator reported the fire department responded to 24 calls within the city limits and 14 calls in the county. It was also reported there were two structure fires during the month of September.
- Public Works Director Jerrod Vickers reported 301 calls for service during the month of September with 252 pertaining to water and sewer, 11 dealing with grounds, 10 with streets, six miscellaneous and 21 for code enforcement.
- The city administrator was authorized to spend up to $50,000 to purchase a dump truck for the city.
- Bids on several tax trust properties were approved.
- A resolution nominating candidates to fill positions for the Houston County Appraisal District Board of Directors was approved by the council.
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