Two people came before the Moultrie City Council Tuesday to discuss the rising utility bills. One warned people would come to every meeting unless the council showed it would do something about it.
Maxine Lewis came before the council asking about the double fees when someone has their power turned back on. She stated someone who can not afford to pay the regular bill will definitely not be able to pay it and the double deposit to have power restored.
City Manager Mike Scott said the double deposit is in place to cover the account in case the person defaults on it a second time. The amount is based on the customer’s approximate bill for two months and is done to cover any loss. The city will, however, work with the customer to get everything paid off.
“We will work with them on those deposits if they make an attempt to pay off the old bill,” Scott said.
Thomas Yearta then came before the council and said the high utility bills are an especially hard burden on those with fixed incomes. He warned the council that people will continue to come forward complaining about the high utility bills until the council does something about it.
“You need to show people you care about them,” Yearta said.
Other matters brought before the council were:
• Moultrie Mayor William McIntosh read a resolution recognizing retiring City of Moultrie employee Wayne Flanders. He retired as a water/wastewater operator with the city’s utility department after 15 years of service.
• Holding a public hearing and approving an alcoholic beverage license application from Johnny J. Toomer to sell beer for on-premises consumption at My Place, located at 2439 S. Main St. The item was tabled from the Feb. 15 council meeting.
• Approving a request from the John Benning Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution for a tree planting in Westview Cemetery. In celebration of Earth Day on April 22. The chapter will purchase a tree and present it to the city to be planted in Westview Cemetery.
• Awarding a bid for gravel dust to Scruggs Concrete, a local bidder preference, for $30,802.50 to be funded through Recreation Trails Grant. A second bid for a security system at city hall was tabled for further consideration.