Oblong water customers will see their bills increase in March.
The Oblong Village Board approved increasing water rates during Wednesday night's meeting. In-town customers will now pay a minimum fee of $16 for the first 1,000 gallons and $5.75 for each 1,000 gallons additionally used. Out-of-town customers will pay $22 and $5.75.
In addition to increasing water rates, the board increased the renter's utility deposit to $150, created a $25 fee for turning off or on the water for non-customers.
The board tabled two resolutions involving the sale of surplus property along Main Street until a property line question can be answered. The board did approve paying back taxes on the property to better facilitate the sale of the parcel. The amount of the back taxes, roughly $974, will be included in the future sale of the property.
A change to village ordinances allowing for the concealed carry of a firearm by state-permitted individuals was approved. Business owners who do not want firearms in their establishments must post a 5-by-7-inch sign.
Mayor Randy Rich complimented the street department for their snow removal efforts. It was also recommended residents park off the street during snow falls. Residents with special needs should contact the village related to heavy snow falls.
During December, the Oblong police issued 11 citations, had 12 offenses reported, handled three traffic accidents and had 96 calls for service.
Police Chief Chad Pusey also submitted his annual report to the board.
In 2013, his department issued 228 traffic citations and 15 ordinance citations for a total of 243 citations. Oblong police had 81 misdemeanors and 57 felonies reported and made 17 warrant arrests for a total of 155 total offences
Police also handled 25 traffic accidents with 22 completed reports. They received 1,434 calls for service with 114 calls for assistance by other departments. More than $17,346 was collected in fines and officers logged 17,914 miles in department vehicles.
The next scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 5.