Questions about hotel/motel tax balance lead to tabling of Heritage Days measure

FARMER CITY — A motion to approve another $3,000 donation to Heritage Days was tabled Monday night amidst questions regarding the balance of the city’s hotel/motel tax fund. 

“We’ve got to do some more research on where this is coming from and how the account looks,” Councilman Scott Kelley said, suggesting the motion be tabled. 

The motion to table was eventually approved unanimously. 

The hotel/motel tax kept by bookkeeper Ruth Harmison was detailed last week in an issue in the Press and said to include more than $31,000. 

Harmison sent the Press a spreadsheet with the numbers, but later in the week she said the spreadsheet was incorrect. 

“Upon review off the motel/hotel account, I have found a few errors in the spreadsheet,” she said, adding a new one will be provided when available. 

Harmison added she was going on vacation, so an updated spreadsheet would be delayed. Later in the meeting, Mayor Mike Jenkins requested Harmison be at a future meeting to discuss the account. 


Water Work

The city approved an expenditure of $24,944 for work on a city water well that had not been serviced since 2004. 

Woliung told the council there were problems with piping and electrical wiring, and the city was lucky it did not lose the well all together because of the issues. 

“There is a lot of money here on this, but they will go in and inspect the casing, then you will get the new pumps, the motor, and the pipe will be replaced with stainless steel pipe and there will be new wiring,” he said. “In essence we will have a new well when we get done out there.”

Woliung said the water crews are out checking water leaks because they were “losing water,” so he said it was important to get the well up and running quickly. 


Other Business 

-The council voted to declare two vehicles as surplus property. 

The two vehicles — one old squad car and one old water department truck — were of no use to the city, Woliung said. 

-The police department will soon begin conducting interviews for a new police officer to join the short-handed department, Woliung told the council after introducing new police chief Terry Scott Monday night.


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