Vernon council OKs Enterprise Zone changes

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 01:59 PM.

The next step will be for the city to determine where exactly the new Enterprise Zone will be, and Everett has an engineering firm lined up to help with that work at no cost to the cities.

The council also approved four requests for adjustments to customer water bill accounts due to leakage. Deputy Clerk Karen Dodd said that the city may waive sewage fees in the case of leaks, with the council’s approval.

The first account the council discussed was for an amount of water bill for $896, the result of a tree root breaking a pipe. The adjustment the customer would receive would be $399. “They’ve already paid the bill, but they were just hoping you could help them with this.”

“If we make this adjustment, then we’re setting a precedent,” said Councilman Joey Brock.

The request for adjustment for $399 at first went without a motion, which would have meant the refund would not have been made. However, Council President Tina Sloan passed the gavel so she could make a motion to allow the adjustment, and the motion was approved.

“We’ve always allowed adjustments for broken pipes,” Councilwoman Gwen March said.

The council approved the other three adjustments, which were for $100.45, $302 and $1.42.

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