Mon, July 15

Jerome Council may reduce charges for water disconnection

The Jerome Town Council will take up a proposed ordinance Tuesday night at 7 to amend the town code to reduce charges assessed for disconnection of water service for nonpayment. The current charge for disconnection for nonpayment is $100, and the council is considering reducing that charge to $25. Also on proposed Ordinance 397 is the reduction in fees for a returned check from $50 to $25, plus any actual charges to the town by the financial institution.

Also on the agenda is review and possible approval of a fund-raising event for the Jerome Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. The event is proposed by former councilwoman Rebekah Kennedy, Fire Chief Rusty Blair and Karen and Rick Hernandez. The request is for use of the 300-foot Level Parking Lot on June 25.

Tentative plans include a car show, cycle show, live music and a swimsuit contest. Proceeds will go to the fire department auxiliary.

The council also may schedule one or more special meetings or workshops to discuss an ordinance that would clarify the town code. The portion of the code to be clarified deals with hookup fees and what constitutes an abandoned line. The amendment to the town code could also establish a lower hookup fee for reconnection of lines where service had previously been available.

One or more of the meetings or workshops also may review the town's business license ordinance.

One of the agendas may include the annual State of the Court report by Municipal Magistrate Joan Dwyer.

The council meets in chambers in the Jerome Civic Center at 600 Clark St.

-Philip Wright