Sep 272015


By Sam Conner

Code Compliance Officer Shane Chatwin reported on his department’s activities during Tuesday’s meeting of the Winslow City Council.

He showed pictures of areas where things had been improved, and said that citizens were good about making improvements.

The councilmen thanked him for sending notes of thanks to citizens who had cleaned up areas he had told them were out of compliance, noting that this is a good practice for the city.

No action was taken regarding a discount policy for water and sewer rates for low income households, but staff was asked to study the situation and consider an ordinance which would lower those bills for families with incomes of under $15,000 a year.

City Manager Stephen Pauken reported on recent city activities. He listed board and commission vacancies, and asked anyone interested in serving contact the city clerk. He also noted that there is a citizen’s input section now on the city’s website. He announced that the fire department had received grants for training and equipment.

Finance Director Elias Jouen gave the monthly financial report. He said that the city is in stable financial health.

In other action Sept. 22, the council:

* Approved the consent calendar, which included the check register, minutes of the Sept. 8 council meeting, closure of Warren Avenue between Fourth and Aspinwall streets on Oct. 1 for the First Baptist Church’s block party, and procurement contract documents for blower equipment.

* Proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Oct. 4-10 as Fire Prevention Week.