BY JOE B. COATES
Wesson aldermen voted to adjust the minimum charge for water during last Tuesday’s meeting of the board. The bas rate was adjusted from $35.15 per month to $36.41. Deposit fees were also changed from $300 to $400. In the same motion, the aldermen also approved a yearly 2% automatic adjustment to take place each October 1–the first day of the fiscal year–barring further board action. All of the changes take effect January 1, 2008.
Mayor Alton Shaw noted that the new late fee of $5 has already taken effect and is helping the town’s collection efforts.
The board was updated briefly by Shaw on the St. Ambrose project. To date, the town is waiting to hire a structural engineer to help finish the final phases. Since this type of engineer is paid the same for existing projects or new projects, locating one has been difficult, Shaw explained. Enough money to complete the nearly four year old project is on hand, and all other factions are waiting on the word from Wesson to go ahead.
On one other non-routine matter, by unanimous agreement of the aldermen the town entered into an inter-local agreement with Lincoln County Tax Collector’s office to collect property taxes for the town in the newly annexed areas of Wesson in Lincoln County.
New police officers were introduced by police chief Steven Carlisle. The town also rejected a bid for two generators, citing the high price in the bid. And, Wesson is waiting on a grant payment before beginning sidewalk replacement and upgrades along the Hwy. 51 downtown corridor, which had been discussed earlier in the year.
Claims from November and the minutes from the November 6 meeting were accepted by the board before the aldermen recessed until Wednesday, January 2 at 6 p.m. The meeting has been moved because of the New Year’s holiday on January 1.