City still owed $13,253 by late paying customers

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 04:02 PM.

“Once we get this done, I say we have no more ‘hardship’ cases,” Mayor B.J.Phillips said, adding that in the past, the town has let people go without paying their water bill and without cutting off the service. “We don’t want any new accounts getting three months behind.”

Phillips said he wanted to see the water shut off in a more timely fashion. “If we say it’s due on the 27th, then come the 28th, I say we shut it off.”

Riley said she has been telling customers that if the bills weren’t paid by the 25th of the month, the water service was going to be discontinued that day.

“This is nothing we like to do, but we have to get this caught up and keep it that way,” Phillips said.

The council also heard a proposal from Chipley attorney Jeff Goodman to provide attorney services for the city. For $300 a month, Goodman offered to provide the city with one hour’s service and to attend one city council meeting a quarter.

“I want to be up front with you, I am also the attorney for Washington County, and if there were to be a case where the interests of the town conflicted with the county, then I would have to recommend you seek other representation,” Goodman said.

He noted that he is also the county attorney for Holmes County and the city attorney for Esto, and he had yet to encounter a legal conflict between the city and the county.

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