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Council raises fee for failure to inspect, test backflow device

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By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council was in a rare state of agreement at their meeting Tuesday night and finished with little argument or discussion on most issues.

One issue that was discussed was Ordinance 09-3610 to adjust the Fees for Backflow Device Testing and Inspection by the City of Lebanon.

“The State fined us $3,000 for having two businesses fail to do this,” said Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath. “We have a man who inspects these devices and keeps the data and every time we send him out, that’s money that we pay. The $150 penalty that we charge businesses for failing to do this themselves is too easy.”

Warmath then moved to amend the ordinance to increase the fee to $200 for businesses who fail to test and inspect backflow devices and to also double that fee if it is not done the next year.

“We have businesses that just don’t care if we get fined,” Warmath said. “We need to raise their fee so that they do care.” Warmath’s amendment passed unanimously.

The other issues passed with little or no discussion. Jeff Baines, Public Works commissioner, handed out holiday schedules for the Sanitation Department and its services.

Street side leaf vacuum service officially began on Monday, Nov. 16 and will be running weekly routes through December. Baines asked for citizens to have their leaves raked or blown near the street, but not on the street.

Monthly chipper service will continue on the first and third weeks of the month in the designated zones. Baines asked for citizens to keep piles small, no limbs greater than 6 inches in diameter, and to remember that the service is for residences of one- and two-family homes.

Bagged leaves and grass will be picked up in conjunction with the chipper service zones once a month. If a citizen has bagged leaves or grass and would like to dispose of them sooner, they may drop them off at the Public Works Complex at 410 Park Drive, or call the Street Department at 444-0825 for more information regarding the drop off location.

The holiday service schedule will work like this: • Thursday, Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day) will be run on Friday, Nov. 27 and Friday will be run on Saturday, Nov. 28. • Friday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day) will be run on Saturday, Dec. 26.• Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 (New Year’s Day) will be run on Saturday, Jan. 2.

Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at ben@wilsonpost.com.

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