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Council rectifies resident’s high water bill

ORRICK – The Orrick City Council met in regular session Thursday evening, April 2, at 7 p.m.
Mayor Shirley Taylor recognized Raymond Werle. Werle addressed a continuing issue of a past water bill that showed he had a 35,000 gallon water leak.
Werle stated there had been an error, as there had been no major leak at the residence.  A new meter had been installed and there was no indication of a leak present.  Workers had checked under the house and found no leak.  The new meter had been installed approximately six months ago with no errors, he said.  The council voted to get Werle’s 12 month average and that would be the amount that he would be required to pay for the incorrect water bill.  Councilman Jim Eubank stated that they still needed to find out the cause of the original malfunction for the bill.
Next on the agenda was the reading and accepting of the March minutes and bills. Both were approved.
The Council then recognized City Collector Bill Hall who advised the council on the City’s delinquent real estate and personal property taxes.
Then, Orrick Chief of Police Troy Sims gave the report for the Orrick Police Department.  There were 27 calls for service, 4 DWI’s, and 4 Minors in Possession arrests.  Sims also stated the sobriety check point had been very successful
It was discussed the school will be hosting a Community Beautification Day to help in whatever way they can, such as picking up tree limbs or doing painting for the elderly if they need help in that way.
Taylor also brought up the desperate need of a City Dog Catcher.
The Council then adjourned the public portion of the meeting and voted to go into closed session.
Those present were: Police Chief Troy Sims; City Attorney Kevin Baldwin; Councilmen: Steve Tietsort, Jim Eubank, Zoe Davis, and Christie McGlothlin; City Clerk Jeanette Hensley; Court Clerk Tricia Wartenbee; and Mayor Shirley Taylor.
Orrick’s new Mayor Marilyn Butler and Aldermen Cindy Lampton and Todd Wyse were sworn in at a special meeting on Thursday April 9.
The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will be on Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m. at the Orrick Lions Club.

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