How to discourage residents from tampering with the city's water meters was one of the issues discussed at the Mammoth Spring City Council meeting Sept. 14.
"We have had an issue over the summer with people tampering with our water meters," Mayor Jean Pace said. "In three instances, they cut the locks. In two recent instances, they moved into a house and turned the water on and were caught when the guy (city workers) were reading the meter because they check every meter every month."
"We knew in these two instances that the people were getting water and weren't in our computer system. They hadn't came in to pay their deposit," Mayor Pace said. "So, we need to do something about (people) tampering with our water meters."
"We've, in the past, charged people for the lock and the time that it took an employee to do all that changing, and they've paid that," Mayor Pace said. "So, the fine needs to be big enough so that once or twice we enforce it, people will be (more) reluctant to do it."
"One man (cut the locks) and we actually pulled the meter," Mayor Pace said. "He's gone, but he had ran up a $100 water bill. His deposit was only $75."
The council decided to table the issue until an ordinance was drawn up.
"The fire department got some nice new things with grant money," Mayor Pace said. "They got brackets to hold the pipe poles on the new truck and some nozzles and some new pipe poles. We got a 15-foot pipe pole, which we've never had one that long before."
Mayor Pace said the fire department received about $2,000 in equipment. "More than half of that's being paid for by the grant," Mayor Pace said. About $500 will come out of the fire department budget.
Mayor Pace also said the fire department was able to raise about $3,000 on their pancake breakfast they served during Solemn Old Judge Days.
"We had a good Labor Day Weekend," Mayor Pace said. "We had lots of people in town. It was a beautiful weekend, so we had a lot of tourists in town. We should thank the chamber for putting (Solemn Old Judge Days) on."
"We did receive the $5,046 for the radar (grant) and it's all in order," Mayor Pace said.
In other business, the council discussed several properties in question that were either in violation of city ordinance or were in disarray.
The next Mammoth Spring City Council meeting is scheduled for Oct. 5. The public is welcome to attend.