During a recent meeting of the Cumberland City Council, Mayor Carolyn Elliott took the opportunity to update the panel on city maintenance issues.
Elliott began her report with work done on the city’s water system.
Elliott told the council a new fence has been put in place at lift station number six near Crispin Manor and a new door had been installed at the city’s water plant. The door had to be put up after maintenance workers attempted to open it and it fell off.
Elliott also mentioned an issue with the city’s salt spreader.
“It’s down,” said Elliott. “If you haven’t seen it out in town it’s because we just spent $600 and some dollars for a new chain, a battery — it was in bad array — I got the parts in for that. They went over to check the truck out and get it in order. The truck needs worked on.”
Elliott said the city workers have been spreading salt manually.
Elliott also brought the council up to speed on money owed by the city to Boggs Municipal Engineering.
“We spent about two weeks working with them getting all the bills together,” said Elliott. “They were real cooperative. When I looked at the bills — it was a mess.”
Elliott told the panel the city was now paying based on statements sent on a weekly basis.
Problems with the city’s garbage truck were also discussed.
According to Elliott, when she went to tell city workers not to drive the truck on roads made dangerous due to icy road conditions, she found the truck’s hood open indicating a problem.
“I said ‘don’t touch it.’ We called around and the warranty was still good,” said Elliott.
Elliott said the the truck was towed to Middlesboro where it was fixed.
“It wasn’t anything we did,” said Elliott. “It was a warrantied part. They repaired it for nothing, we just had to go get it.”
In other council activity:
* Elliott mentioned Cumberland Valley Area Development District was working on a grant for the city’s sewer system.
* The council discussed the need for road repair work;
* The council discussed the federal “Promise Zone” program.
Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 113 or on Twitter @ joe_hde