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Petersburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the third reading of Ordinance 2014-2 during the monthly meeting Monday evening last week. The ordinance’s purpose is to adopt a budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015.
Last month the board extended the 2013-2014 budget to carry over into the month of August, since the 2014-2 ordinance hadn’t been passed yet. The board tabled the regular financial report until the September meeting.
Jack Atchley, operator of the Petersburg Water Department, stated that the engineers Ronald & Frank Construction, which made improvements to the water system, have gotten an extension until the end of September. This will allow the engineers to complete an additional improvement to the water system.
“We have a little of the construction monies left over, and we are planning on installing a chlorine booster system at the tank,” said Atchley. “They have to do the paperwork,” he said, adding that the approximate cost of the chlorine booster system is $1,100.
Atchley went on to say that the annual water usage audit report has been completed with the help of Tennessee All Utility District. “Petersburg scored an 80 out of 100 — this meets state standards,” Atchley stated.
He noted that the water usage has been increasing and that normal usage is 45-50,000 gallons per day, but lately the water use has increased to an average of 50-55,000 gpd.
He announced that the annual flushing of the fire hydrants in Petersburg would be done this fall, most likely in October.
Water purchased from June 28-July 25 was 1,339,178 gallons and water billed from June 28-July 25 was 1,247,000 gallons. There was 7.5 percent of unaccounted for water, he said.
The Petersburg Senior Citizens Center continues to grow, with 42 registered participants at the end of July. Once again, the center set a new record for meals served in a month, with a total of 324 meals served in the dining room during July and 151 Meals on Wheels delivered to the homebound clients, according to Trish Brewton, director, adding that volunteers donated a total of 163 volunteer hours to the center.
The Senior Center is located at 509 Railroad Street, Petersburg. To contact the Senior Center call (931) 227-8790, or to find out more information about reserving lunch call Trish Brewton at (931) 625-2442.
In other action, the board approved the purchase of five tons of coal mix for the purpose of repairing streets. Officials said the cost is $85 per ton plus a $75 delivery fee.
Petersburg’s Parks & Rec department is planning an Oct. 4 5K Run, titled ‘Color Me Petersburg’. Runners will be doused with a washable colored powder as they run through stations along the way to the finish line.
On Oct. 31 a Trunk or Treat event is scheduled to take place on the town square. Volunteers will be needed for the event.