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Winder water, sewer rate policies to change

WINDER -- City officials, led by the efforts of councilman David Maynard, have revised a couple of policies that will work in property owners' favor.

First, the seasonal charges have been removed from commercial customers' bills and second, residents with good credit will no longer be charged a deposit for their service. In addition, customers with a good payment record for 12 consecutive months will be able to apply their deposit to their bill.

"This is a major change for our citizens, a positive one," councilman Bob Dixon said. "I hope they take advantage of it."

Police chief updates mayor, council on communication efforts

Police chief Dennis Dorsey gave a status report to Mayor Chip Thompson and City Council members Tuesday, having held the first of what should be many town hall meetings in Zone 2 on the city.

Dorsey reported that he had heard complaints about motorists speeding on Wood Avenue, and he intends to place more officers in that area at specific times to monitor and correct the problem

The chief also plans to place a speed trailer, borrowed from Barrow County, on the road to notify drivers of how fast they are travelling.

In response to complaints about drivers failing to stop at stop signs around the high school at certain times during the day, Dorsey said his officers will address that problem, too.

Councilman Charlie Eberhart thanked Dorsey for implementing the use of the town hall meetings to improve communication with residents.

Subdivision residents to get relief from sewage smells

Barbara Wells Kilgore, representing residents of the Dream Land subdivision in Winder, asked Thompson and council members Tuesday for their help in getting rid of a strong sewage smell in their neighborhood before the heat of summer settles over Georgia. The smell, "raw sewage" as Kilgore described it, has been a problem for about three years.

Council members approved an action that would move a sewer project designed to correct the problem ahead. The fix should cost about $2 million, according to city administrator Donald Toms. The city will seek a Georgia Environmental Finance Authority loan of $1.2 million to help pay for the project.