Georgetown council seat filled

GEORGETOWN — City officials appointed a former school board member to fill a recently vacated Ward 1 seat on Monday.

Georgetown City Council members unanimously approved Janet Martin's appointment to the city council, filling a seat that was vacated on Aug. 5 when Gerald McPhillips announced that he was resigning because he would be moving out of the area.

Martin, who is retired, worked for years at the VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville in the medical information department and worked for the city of Georgetown as the water department clerk and served for four years on the Georgetown-Ridge Farm school board.

Mayor Kay Sanders said she asked Martin to fill the vacant seat because she is experienced, efficient and knowledgeable.

Martin will serve on the city's water and sewer committee, and the civic improvement committee. Martin said she is interested in cleaning up the city and restoring a feeling of pride in the community.

In other business, council members adopted an ordinance that will change the amount charged as a penalty to those who have had their water service shut off for non-payment of their water bills.

Alderman Sam Payne said that, in order to have the water service turned back on after it has been shut off, customers must catch up their overdue bill and must pay a penalty charge, which had been set at $25 for the first time the water service was shut off, $40 for the second time, and $60 for each time after that.

Payne said that, to simplify things, customers will be charged a $40 penalty every time their water service is disconnected and then has to be turned on again. He said having a single, set fee will make it easier for city workers to charge the correct amount.

Alderman Carl Johnson said the council has not yet received any bids from pest-control services to provide preventative treatments for termites at the city-owned buildings.

Answering a question from the audience, Sanders said the city is seeking to hire a collector for city accounts, even though the current budget does not include funds for the position.

The city has placed a classified ad for the position in The News-Gazette, but Sanders said an amended budget that includes the salary and benefits for the collector will have to be created and approved by the council.

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