Present were Council members, Brooks Mitchell and Ernie Teague and Mayor Mark Marin. This was Ernie’s last meeting as he was retiring. Pat Whitley was absent due to a doctor’s appointment and John Cussins had resigned his position.
Being his last meeting, Ernie made a statement thanking Kristin and Nancy for running when previously, Loyalton had had to appoint members. He told how half the voters did not vote and called it a “big, big job ahead.”
Jason Christian of Portola approached the Council about the tree mortality with the Loyalton co-generation plant and managing and directing a UC Loyalton initiative, being an advisor for the City. This will be agendized next meeting.
Payment of bills totaling $108,205.91 was approved after City Bookkeeper Kim Lombardi warned of a “very, very thin financial line.” She mentioned a policy of not spending over $200 without approval and adhering to that. She stated “surprise expenses” make it tough.
There was discussion and possible action regarding water and sewer rates which had been frozen five years ago. Brooks Mitchell talked of charges which should be up two percent for each year which would total $38.26 for water and $87.87 for sewer. Brooks stated Mary Fleming Leslie, RDS Environmental working for the City from Rural Community Assistance Corporation, is working to see what should be charged.
Ernie questioned and was told the money is used for water and sewer. He called it “a very high amount,” and how most, two-thirds or more residents are “very economically challenged” and would have a hard time paying it.
Brooks told of a problem with the City meeting the fee schedule and the City is losing more and more revenue sources. He said the 2008 loan required a 2% raise every year.
Ernie stated it was the same issue as four years ago and the “same people won’t pay one cent.” He called it “something drastic” near $400,000 owed in delinquent bills at the trailer park which would not be allowed anywhere else. “Enough is enough,” he stated and said they would kick the can down the road. He said the park will not sell.