Thurston Board of Public Affairs

Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2002



Meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m.


Roll call:  Lowell Hite – Present; Bev Reese – Present; Laura Clark – Present; Aaron Reedy, Clerk – Present


Bev asked if Lowell had been able to do anything about Mark Evans yet.  She said he’s not going to put in another meter, and that Mark said he’s not going to pay $27.50 a month for an empty apartment.  Bev said it’s gone on too long.


Lowell said he could inspect the plumbing when he goes to put in two new meters.  He’s been busy at the sewer plant helping out since the operator quit.  Bev said she knows everybody’s busy, but either do it or don’t.


JoAnn said we don’t really know if he has a third apartment or not.  She found out when the last renter got kicked out.  Lowell said Mark is not paying for the water he’s using.  The two meters at the house don’t add up to what’s in the pit.  Lowell said the pit’s fenced in now, and can’t read it.  Bev said she’d let him in.


JoAnn said Dan hurt his back, so Lowell’s been helping over there.  They will try to do something next week.


Laura made a motion to approve the August 2002 meeting minutes.  Bev second. All yea.


Laura asked if we got the new chlorine pump yet.  Lowell said it hadn’t been ordered yet, but we were still using the borrowed unit from Pleasantville.  Laura asked if the Sewer board got any more résumé’s for the operator’s position.  Lowell said no.


Bev made a motion to approve the August 2002 Financial statement with corrections.  Laura second. All yea.


Lowell said we got a complaint letter from Ellen Taylor.  They moved out of their house a few months ago, and it sat empty for a month.  Ellen said she was not going to pay the $12.00 for the month because we should have turned the water off.  Lowell explained the ‘Empty Charge’.  JoAnn said she wants Aaron to write Ellen a letter stating the reason why we’re charging an empty charge.


Lowell showed the board the new reports generated from the new billing software.  JoAnn said the new way is more work.  She said it was easier to use the books.


Lowell said Tiny Aubery came up the other day and reported a leak on Wilson Street.  He said water is leaking up through the ground.  Lowell said we’d need to have someone come in and dig it up.  He said he’d get someone up there next week.


Bev asked about the water drainage around the train tracks on Lowell’s side of town.  She asked if the drains behind Picken’s house worked.  JoAnn said Pickens isn’t happy with whatever we try to do.  Lowell said he’s wanted gravel, too, but we don’t do that anymore.


Lowell said the water bill from Baltimore was over $4,000 this month.  He’s not quite sure exactly why.


Bev made a motion to pay bills and adjourn.   Laura second.  All yea.  The time is 7:05 p.m.




Respectfully Submitted,



Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk