Fiscal Court addresses possible water meter fee
by Stephen Scalf
During Friday's regular meeting of the fiscal court, Mrs. Marie Halpin brought up a concern to the fiscal court that is shared by many other county residents - the possible addition of a water meter fee of anywhere from $1.00 to $5.00 - initially suggested to the fiscal court in last month's meeting.
"I called the water district, and they didn't know any details," Mrs. Halpin told the magistrates. "Why wasn't due diligence done? The legislature passed an increase on cell phones specifically for 9-1-1 service. Couldn't this replace the fee? Who will have oversight to control the cost to the citizens?
"I am a senior citizen on social security," she continued. "If this starts, where is it going to stop?"
City of Carlisle Mayor Larry Jolly and Chief of Police Darrell Layne were also present at the meeting specifically to address the court about the water meter fee and believed their presentation could answer many of the concerns.
First, it was explained that the increase in the cellphone fee only brought the fee to $.95, when it needed to be increased to about $1.50 to cover the actual costs. And although there have been landline fees charged in the past, the city/county never passed an ordinance imposing a landline fee, so the amount charged on the phone bill all goes to the state.
County's nuisance ordinance to be put to the test
For the past couple of months, the Nicholas County Fiscal Court has been struggling with how best to deal with a complaint filed by Mr. Raymond Roser of 248 Arthur Pike (officially listed as Author Pike by the postal service) concerning the dilapidated condition of the neighboring house, which he states is only about 60 ft. from his own house, and as he alleges presents a health hazard, as well as a fire hazard.
"This is a problem for the [fiscal] court, as well," said County Judge/Executive Mike Pryor. "We don't know how to handle it, either. It could open the county up for liability. It could establish a precedent that could create a financial liability with other people wanting the court to take over and destroy derelict buildings."
County Attorney Dawn Letcher read a portion of the nuisance ordinance to the court, which specifically referred to an "accumulation of rubbish and/or waste material."
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