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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Doolittle aldermen approve vacant sewer rate ordinance

  • The Doolittle Board of Aldermen at its Jan. 14 meeting approved an ordinance regarding sewer rates for “second and subsequent” users in vacant residences.
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  • The Doolittle Board of Aldermen at its Jan. 14 meeting approved an ordinance regarding sewer rates for “second and subsequent” users in vacant residences.
    According to City Clerk Dene Kirn, if there is no pump or equipment that the city installed that connect to a vacant residence, there is no rate charged. However, if somebody moves into the vacant residence, then the occupant is charged a $37 fee.
    Also, according to minutes from the January meeting provided to The Rolla Daily News, City Attorney Lance Thurman addressed the board regarding three cases — one case involving a foreclosure for unpaid sewer charges, another case involving unpaid sewer charges, which Thurman said he needs more details of payments before proceeding on, and a third case involving an individual’s dumpsters, an unpaid sewer bill and a city business license.
    In the last case, it was noted that if the individual’s dumpsters are not moved, the city should proceed with impounding the dumpsters and assess legal action for not having a license to do business with the city. Thurman said that individual’s operation qualifies as a business and that a license is needed.
    Thurman added that he strongly advises the city to have a sewer contract with all property owners and a deposit be required from new residents hereafter.
    Also at the January meeting, the board approved a financial report for December 2012.
    Doolittle Mayor Paul Smith discussed a class action lawsuit filed against AT&T mobile regarding sales tax collected. The case was turned over to the city attorney.
    A closed session was held to discuss personnel in the police department.
    The aldermen did not hold a meeting in February. The Doolittle Board of Aldermen meet the second Monday of each month.

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