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04.04.07 -- REPORT: Minority of council members vote to spend $3500 on water system in Emergency Meeting

Council members Lee Deaderick, Howard Walkup and Frank Ciotti met Monday morning at 7 a.m. in an emergency meeting and voted to spend $3,500 to automate the pump on the water system.

A public record request made to Town Clerk Debbie Miller revealed that no tape was made of the meeting. When asked why the meeting was not taped especially since residents would have an interest in knowing what happened at a meeting given the short notice, Miller said in an e-mail, "There is no legal requirement to make a tape of the meeting. Legally, we were required to take minutes, and that obligation was met. It was a very short meeting. The notice for the emergency meeting was posted on Saturday morning at the office and at the community bulletin board with the intention of involving as many concerned citizens as we could on short notice."

There is some question of which council members and town officials were not present, since the minutes do not make that clear. Miller did not clarify this when asked but said, "Council members were notified by phone and posted notices. I don't know what other obligations they would have had on Monday morning which would have prevented their attendance."

Minutes are as follows:

Emergency Meeting
McIntosh Town Office
April 2, 2007 7:00 am
(Notice posted Saturday, March 31, 2007)

I) Roll call was taken with Council President Ciotti, Council Vice-President Walkup, Council Member Deaderick, and Town Clerk Miller present. Council Member Callahan, Council Member Smith, Mayor Strange, and Attorney Walker.

II) Old Business:

An emergency meeting was called by Council Member Deaderick to look again at automating the water plant well house after experiencing problems this past weekend. Maintenance worker Paul Kelly said that he believed the current problem involved a series of circuits which blew out on pump #1. Currently, the pump system alternates between pump #1 and pump #2, if the system is operating correctly. When one pump shuts down, the remaining pump must be initially manually controlled to keep the system working. Council Member Deaderick felt that there was money in the budget to cover the cost of automating the well pump. Council Vice-President Walkup stated that he has been working with Spencer Clark, who was also present at the meeting, to inexpensively install a telephone dialer, which would notify of a drop in water pressure to a prescribed call list. Homeowner Clark stated that he had been researching a well-type pressure drop valve or a similar device, which would better gauge water pressure and an alarm system. Discussion centered around the proposal received from Orange Electric, Inc. in January and the necessity to spend $3500 to automate the water tower or to continue operating as is.

Council Member Deaderick made the motion to hire Orange Electric, Inc. at a cost of $3500 to Furnish and Install a new Duplex Well Pump Control Panel per their proposal dated January 29, 2007 and authorization for Spencer Clark to install an automated call system at a cost not to exceed $500.
Council President Ciotti seconded the motion.
Motion passed and carried 2-1 to accept the Orange Electric, Inc. proposal for $3500 to install a new control panel and for an automated call system to be installed at a cost not to exceed $500.. Council Vice-President Walkup opposed.

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