— The Washington City Council welcomed Doug Campton as the 4th District representative at the Council’s first meeting of 2018. Prior the meeting, Campton and Washington’s newest police officer, Jonathan Kane Waggoner were given the oath of office by Mayor Joe Wellman. The Council also re-elected Councilman Alan Brown as the President Pro Tem.
–Washington Mayor Wellman thanked the City employees at the city council meeting last night for their work in the near record cold temps recently…
Also last night, Wellman recognized two City employees. Brenda Mullen was recognized for her character while serving the city and Randy Emmons was honored for his 40 years of service to the citizens of Washington.
– The Council then held public hearings on two ordinances. One ordinance rezones four parcels of property on Ogden Street from Industrial to Residential to reflect the actual character of the properties. The second ordinance approved Waterworks Bonds to fund the anticipation notes used to pay for the recent upgrades in Washington’s century old water system. Both ordinances were approved by a unanimous vote of the Council.
–The Council also heard the introduction of a new ordinance that would set the rental rates for Water World of Washington at $125 for a one hour party and $225 for a 2 hour party. Park Superintendent Kip Kelly told the Council that under the current pricing system, the pool was losing money on parties. The ordinance will be up for final reading at the next Council Meeting.
-In other business, the Council agreed to drop its appeal to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to provide water to the Deerfield Subdivision. The subdivision in the city limits is also in the area served by Daviess County Rural Water. IDEM has ruled in favor of Rural Water to provide water to 25 homes in the area. Mayor Wellman said the battle was not worth fighting and the appeal was dropped.