County residents seek water service from Bloomfield

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By Dennis George

A group of Nelson County residents who must haul their water and depend on wells and cisterns to supply their families’ needs are hoping that will soon change.

The property owners on Hagan Road in northeast Nelson County appeared before the Bloomfield City Council on Monday and urged the city leaders to consider extending its water lines to serve their needs.

That area is outside of the Bloomfield city limits, but Pat Disponett said the city services other residences in the county.

“We are the only road off of Timber Creek that does not have water,” she said. “We just need what everyone else has.

“There are several new homes on Hagan road and people are going to be there for a long while.”

Frank Cottrell and his family just moved into a new starter home on Hagan Road, but hopes to build a bigger one nearby as his family grows.

“We don’t have to worry about cistern size and things,” he said. “There are roads in the county with fewer people living on them than what we have and they have water.”

Bloomfield Mayor Rhonda Hagan told the group they should get signatures from all of the property owners and return it to the city.

“It will have to be all-in or not at all,” she said. “We can look into the cost of the project.  “We will have to look at our budget and we just passed it and it may not happen this year.”

She added that Public Works Supervisor Ricky Jewell, who was not at the meeting, would visit the area to survey the proposed project.

Policy changes to affect overtime pay

The council voted unanimously to revise its policies to allow vacation day hours and holiday hours to count toward overtime pay.

Currently, city employees must be on the job for 40 hours to receive overtime pay.

“Ricky and Scott (Thompson) rarely take a whole week off and they are always being called out on weekends and holiday,” Hagan said. “Hardly a weekend goes by that they don’t have to come in and work.

“This way, they will receive overtime pay.”


Water-Sewer loan refinanced

It took nearly a year to come to fruition, but the city received word that its water and sewer loan refinancing application has been approved.

The city owes over $900,000 but will now save over $4,000 per month for the next 20 years as the rate was lower nearly a point from its current 4.75 percent.

“Any time you can do something good for the city, that’s a good thing,” Councilman Denny Howard said. “The savings can pay for temporary help, equipment, and those kinds of things.”

Property sold, city to recoup funds

Jury told the council that property at 168 Hill Street that was owned by the John Marshall estate had been sold at a master commissioner sale and the city will be able to recoup some of the money it used to clean up the property and some of the taxes that were owed.

“None of the relatives wanted to pay the taxes or take responsibility for the property,” Jury said. “We had to demolish the property (that was in disrepair), do a survey, pay for dumpsters, had attorney fees, and were owed property taxes.”

The city had over $6,400 in expenses and will receive most of it back as a result of $5,000 the sale brought.