City to probe utility rates, treatment of volunteers

Friday, November 12, 2010

Lewisburg leaders on Tuesday decided to pursue two investigations: one into water and sewer rates; and another on how some volunteers were treated during a Halloween event in Rock Creek Park near East Church Street.

Both concerns were raised during the public comment period as the council's monthly meeting came to a close. Robert Dalton said that after a "pushy" organizer unfairly criticized young volunteers, they were threatened with loss of credits for their service. And Bob Lowe again complained about people being charged for sewer service only because a pipe was close enough for a tap.

Mayor Barbara Woods offered to have more information gathered about the Halloween incident so city leaders could take the appropriate steps, and the mayor promised to pursue discrepancies that have attracted complaints from several people -- not just Lowe.

Also Tuesday, the council:

* Elected Chris Collins and Dave Kennedy to succeed Jackie Abernathy and Tommy Harris on the Industrial Development Board.

Councilmen Hershel Davis, Robin Minor and Odie Whitehead Jr. voted for Collins and Kennedy. Councilmen Ronald McRady voted for Kennedy and Mike Tankersley, and Councilman Quinn Stewart voted for Collins and the Rev. Steve Thomas.

* Voted 3-2 against meeting with a business that would provide interim city management as the council looks for someone to succeed former City Manager Eddie Fuller.

McRady, Minor and Whitehead voted no. Stewart and Davis voted yes.

Stewart suggested the council discuss the idea and the vote closed that door, leading to a special called meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday in City Hall, 131 E. Church St.