In Feb. 26 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporter
During last Thursday's meeting of the Jamestown City Council, City Clerk Kim Weston red aloud a resolution of authorization on the Jamestown water transmission line. Weston said the city had sent in an application to USDA rural development for the $1.3 million project.
The passed resolution gave Mayor Brooks Bates the authority to sign any necessary paperwork that the transmission line might entail throughout the process.
Public Works Director Ottis Skaggs said the line was slated to be a 20-inch conductor line from the Jamestown Water Plant to the Jamestown Industrial Park.
"It'll aid us in supplying Union Underwear with more water and Russell Springs with more water," Skaggs said. "Of course that's two of our biggest customers."
"We've got the capability with the new plant to produce it, so now we need the capability to get it out of there," he said.
In other happenings at the meeting:
• Mayor Bates spoke on the proposed fire department subscription policy for residents and businesses outside the city limits but still within the city's fire protection zone.
"We've have to fill in the logistics," he said. "I think the biggest thing we'll have to do is identify the people that are within our range and then get the word to them."
Bates told the council that he would be checking with other entities in the county and state on how they went about similar circumstances.
The council did not vote on the flat-rate policy during the meeting but it is expected to be voted on at the March meeting, according to the mayor. Bates said the resolution, when passed, would go into affect on July 1, which would coincide with the new fiscal year.
"I don't know how much money that will bring in, but whatever it will be more than what we have now," Bates said.
• PWD Skaggs gave an update on the Jamestown Water Plant expansion and said the new plant had been producing treated water since early January at a rate of 4.6 million gallons per day.
"Everything is going great at the plant" Skaggs said.
Mayor Bates said city was losing a million gallons per day since Fruit of the Loom has been on a two-week shutdown. The factory is asking for 300,000 more gallons of water per day when it is producing.
• Officer Derek Polston with the Jamestown Police Department said everything with the department had been going well. He did mention that the cameras in the patrol cars were getting old and that pricing on newer cameras had been looked into.
• Councilman Larry Joe Murray commended the city's workers for the way they handled themselves during the recent storms and subsequent cleanup.