A Special Board of Alderman Meeting was held in the council chambers on December 16 at 7:30 p.m. with two Alderman present, Jeremy Moss and Marvin Viloria, along with Mayor John Long and the City Attorney Michael Williams.
The meeting was called to address the recent disconnection of utilities at Arcadia Metalcraft. The utilities were disconnected on Thursday, December 12 at 9:20 a.m. Representing Arcadia Metalcraft at the meeting were Mikk Carr and Graham Furse, along with approximately 30 employees from the company.
On Tuesday, December 17, Mayor John Long explained, “Without a full forum we were unable to make any decisions at the meeting. There were only two council members present. The utilities are currently on. I was able to make the decision to turn the utilities on for 7 days per policy.”
The current policy used, to turn the utilities back on, can be found under the Utility Collection Policy on page 3 of the heading Director of Administration. The policy reads: Termination of Service: Under normal circumstances, no extensions of credit will be honored after the utility service is cut-off. However, the Director of Administration will advise the City Clerk of any deviation and the actions to be taken in said particular situation. In the absence of the Director of Administration, the Mayor shall have this authority. This authority is limited to one incident per year per customer. According to Chris Ellison, City Administrator Jackie Pangborn was not working on Monday, December 16, when Mayor Long made the decision to have the utilities turned back on. The utilities were reconnected on the morning of December 17.
The next Board of Alderman meeting will be held on December 19 at 6 p.m. Mayor Long stated, “At the next meeting we will be looking to resolve policy issues. We will have to present a payment plan to Arcadia that the board will have to agree on.”
In the previous two board meetings, the Board of Alderman have agreed to follow the policy concerning Arcadia’s utility bill, with no motion passing to allow a payment plan.