VERNON – A policy that was put into place in 2015 concerning adjustments on city bills for filling swimming pools came under discussion when the Vernon City Council met in workshop on June 7. A citizen requested an adjustment on their bill and was told adjustments were no longer made for such things and had not been for quite some time. Council Chairwoman Becky Baxley said she thinks that should change. “I don’t think we should charge for water that isn’t going into the sewer,” said Baxley. “We need to put this item on the agenda and discuss it further at our next meeting.” Guidelines and requirements will be decided on before voting to change the policy.
Plans to tear down the old band room have been placed on hold due to the recent historic site designation. Council needs to find out if the designation includes all buildings on the premises are included or just the main building. Historical Society member Lynda Waller, who spearheaded the designation process, is expected to provide the information to the council.
The public hearing dates for Ad Valorem taxes are being set for September 7 and 20. Discussion and decisions on to raise the tax will be made throughout the summer during budget meetings.
In other items, City Clerk Tracy Walker was tasked with finding cheaper options for the purchase of a laptop for the fire department. Fire Chief Shaq Green was tasked with finding a mechanic to look at a fire truck being offered by Okaloosa Fire Department for $5,000. The truck could possibly have an issue with the timing chain and council wants to find out if the truck is worth the cost. Walker was also tasked with paying $150 for a locksmith to open a safe deposit box at Regions Bank as no one on the council knows what it contains. The box has not been opened since the late nineties.
The Vernon City Council will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. on June 21.