The Cumberland City Council discussed needed repairs at the water plant and police department during a meeting on Tuesday.
Mayor Carolyn Elliott brought a problem at the water plant to the council’s attention.
“We need telemetry for our tanks terribly,” Elliott said. “They cannot read how much water’s in the tanks. So I’m going to ask you all to let me take $7,500 of that money and put telemetry in.”
Council member Charles Raleigh stated the council had recently given the water department $15,000. Elliott explained the $15,000 was spent to repair the water plant’s flocculator.
Raleigh argued the $7,500 should be spent for repairs at the Cumberland City Police Department headquarters as was originally intended by the council.
The repairs needed at the police station include replacing multiple missing windows.
Elliott explained telemetry equipment is necessary in order for the operators inside the water plant to know how much water is in the city’s water tank.
“To me, your water system is more important than anything,” Elliott said. “Do you want to spend all the money and have no telemetry?”
Raleigh asked what the problem is with the current telemetry equipment.
“It’s old,” Elliot explained. “All the wiring is burned up. It has to be replaced.”
Elliott said she had acquired one price quote for the repairs and could get additional quotes.
Raleigh asked why the city’s water department employees could not do the work instead of using an outside company to install the equipment. Elliott explained the city employees were not certified to perform the type of work necessary.
Raleigh remained adamant the funds be used for repairs at the police station.
“What I’m getting at is the money was designated to the police department,” said Raleigh.
During further discussion, council members suggested local contractors be used for repairs on the windows at the police department in order to save money. It was also suggested not all windows needed replaced as some could be covered.
In other council activity:
• A resolution extending a line of credit pertaining to a FEMA grant was approved;
• A resolution to continue support of the Cumberland City Flood Damage reduction was approved;
• Council approved minutes and financial reports from previous months.
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