The State Department of Environmental Conservation, Ferebee said, “will more than likely allow us to go in and do this project in late July or August, when the water is at its lowest.”
Here are some other matters addressed by the Town Council at the recent session:
Library Board: The council appointed Linda Rasco to another term on the Keene Public Library Board, with her new term ending Dec. 31, 2017.
Also named to the board were Regina DeZalia, to an unexpired term that ends Dec. 31, 2013; and Geanetta Quinn to another vacant spot that ends Dec. 31, 2014.
Water rates: Ferebee said he’d check with other towns to see what water rates they have set for businesses after discussion by the council on possible restructure of what is charged now.
Councilor Jerry Smith brought up the topic, saying he doesn’t feel businesses pay enough and that “a one-person house shouldn’t pay the same as a five-person house,” meeting minutes said.
Councilor Robert Biesemeyer felt “making changes would stir up a huge can of worms,” the minutes said.
The council discussed metering, and Ferebee pointed out that a water district can’t bring in more money than it costs to operate it.
Ditch blower: Smith also brought up the possibility of the Highway Department buying a blower to clear ditches, as he believes the piece of equipment is needed.
Highway Superintendent Bruce Reed said he checked prices, and a blower would cost about $5,600, though the council tossed around the figure $6,000. Reed was asked to get more information for the council.
The Keene Town Council meets at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Town Hall, 10892 Route 9N, with the next one set for Feb. 26.
Meetings held at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month are when most council business takes place.
All meetings are open to the public.
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