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Jerome council sets library, liquor fees

The Jerome Town Council voted Tuesday night to establish fines and fees for the town's library.

The council also passed an ordinance to create fees for applications for liquor licenses and special-event liquor licenses.

Ordinance 321, passed unanimously by the council, permits the Jerome Public Library to collect fines, fees and other charges for overdue books and videos.

Kathleen Jarvis, librarian, said the library will use the same fee and fine schedule as the Cottonwood Public Library. That library's schedule lists fines of 10 cents per day for overdue adult long-term loans and 5 cents per day for overdue long-term juvenile and young adult book loans. Adult short-term loans carry a daily fine of 25 cents for books and videos not checked in within seven days.

Fines for DVDs and interlibrary loans are $1 per day. Lost-book charges vary depending upon the value of the individual book or video not returned. A representative of the Cottonwood Library said unpaid charges or fines ultimately go to collection after notices are sent.

Although the town council approved establishing fees for applications for liquor licenses and special event liquor licenses, the amount of those fees had not been decided at press time. The liquor ordinance was passed unanimously.

In other business, the council passed a resolution allowing Alan Collins, associate professor of West Virginia University, to proceed with his application for a grant to study the feasibility of the Town of Jerome bottling water for sale.

Because Collins agreed to pay the 25 percent in-kind match to the grant, the study will not cost Jerome anything.

The council tabled action on an agenda item that would approve the purchase of software for the conversion of the town's water billing system to "billing by usage." That item will appear on the agenda of the council's meeting Jan. 13.

Before the water-billing software can be voted on, the council requires references from other small municipalities, an on-line demonstration and recommendations.

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