MAYOR'S CORNER February, 2014
Hope you all are surviving our winter. With all the cold weather several of our neighboring towns are experiencing freezing water pipes and water mains. So far Readlyn only has one home that has given us problems. One easy test you can do is to put a thermometer under your cold water faucet and if it is 37 degrees or lower you should let a faucet run. The stream should be at least the size of the lead of a pencil or more. I know you will think this is a waste of water but plumbers are at least a week out for service. If you are concerned, call City Hall and we will check it out.
The next area of concern is is all the snow we have piled up around town. We are trying to get some corners and large pile areas hauled away but it all takes time. If you have a fire hydrant on your property, please try and get it dug out. If there is too much snow, let us know at, City Hall and we will come and get it shoveled out. It would be a bad situation if there was a fire in your area and the firemen wouldn't be able to find or get to the fire hydrant because of snow.
I have also got a couple of complaints about snow around mail boxes. I have even heard that the postal service won't deliver mail if they can't get up to mail box. This is not the cities responsibility so it is important for you to be sure to keep the area around your mail boxes it clean. If your mail boxes are in a cluster, it's a good idea to get someone in that group to keep the snow removed.
I know that we have had a few days that the garbage did not get picked up. The Sanitation Board is having a special meeting to come up with a policy/guidelines for cold and inclement weather pick-up. Please try and set your garbage can so it is convenient for Mike to get it dumped. I was with those guys last week and found that Mike had fell dumping cans in truck. The garbage guys also said they were seeing quite a bit of cardboard and pop cans in the trash. I know that recycling is voluntary and most of you do a great job, but we can always do better. Please remember that anything we can recycle saves the city hauling and getting charged to dump at landfill.
Our regular monthly meeting was held February 10th and will have a special meeting February 17th. During the meeting on the 17th, we will work on the budget and visit with a gentleman on financing a new sewer plant. During our meeting the 10th we will have people from the Butler County REC Electric Cooperative. The city has requested them do a cost of service study for our electric rates. The council is working to do away with the "cost adjustment" on our electric bills. We are getting some numbers from the REC group and the council will be studying them. I will assure you that we are doing our best to keep our electric costs down and also provide us with best service while also keeping our equipment up to date and in good working order. The council has also approved a couple water meetings for Jim and Barney to attend . These meeting not only educate them on new processes and provide the guys up to date information but gives them hours of training/continuing education required for them to keep their licenses current.
I hope everyone will be patient with old man winter! Before you know it spring will be here! Remember if you have a concern with water or snow give us a call and we will check it out.
I would like to send a BIG "Thank-you" to all of the people that planned, attended and hosted the annual "Keep Your Heart In Readlyn" banquet. It was a great fun-filled evening and an event that truly makes a difference for our community. THANK - YOU!
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