|Elida talks water rates|
|Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:20 PM|
BY CYNTHIA YAHNA
ELIDA — Mayor Kim Hardy addressed the water rates for the Elida at Tuesday’s village council meeting.
“It has been four weeks since we discussed how to determine the strategy of water rates. Basically, we re-vamped the rate system and by the information we currently have, we have restructured the billing,” Hardy said. “The increase would be $3-$4 and we have changed the minimum water usage from 1,500 up to 1,700 gallons per month. This would assist in those who have a minimum to decrease their rates and be a benefit to them. In actuality, that would affect about 40 people on the minimum.”
The rate changes would go into effect beginning July 1 and a secondary request for Jan. 1, 2015.
Elida village council members approved the purchase of a new 2014 GMC Sierra pickup truck for the water department and two Glock 17 Gen 4 guns for the police department.
“In the past, the police officers used their own guns and by the village purchasing the Glocks, we have more control over the issued duty weapons,” Police Chief Dale Metzger explained.
“Are the guns kept here at the police department?” council member Mike Sebenoler asked.
Metzger said the officers are responsible for the guns and take them home when off duty. They are still the property of the village.
“Also, we are in need of new ammunition and I have a quote for a case at $800, which will last our department quite a while,” Metzger added.
Metzger also added to his force since the last council meeting.
“We have hired a part-time police officer,” Metzger said. “Ben Kehres was a former police chief for Elida and police chief for Ft. Shawnee. He is currently working on a task force for the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. We are pleased to have him on board with us.”
The village received donations for the police department from the Wapakoneta Eagles for $100 and the Delphos VFW for $500.
A 5K run is scheduled for May 10 by the charity for Shirley Mae, which goes to the Leukemia Foundation. The run will begin at 9 a.m. at Elida Elementary School to Sherrick Road and back. They will be coordinating the run with the police department.
The next scheduled meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 8.