By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
The Town of Farmington has adopted an increase to its sewer service rates.
During Monday night’s Farmington Town Council meeting, the second and final reading took place for an ordinance amending the town’s code for sewer service rates. Council members accepted the amended ordinance by unanimous vote, and the new rates will go into effect 45 days from Monday.
On average, the rates will go up from the current cost of $29.40 to about $32.93 per month. The increase will go toward paying expenses related to the operation, repair, improvement and maintenance of the sewer system.
Farmington also passed new water service rates on July 15 of this year. At the October meeting, council unanimously adopted an amended ordinance extending the protest period and effective date for those rates. The new water rates, which will increase by roughly $4 per month, will go into effect in time for the December billing, said Farmington Mayor Donna Costello.
The water and sewer rate increases are necessary because Monongah raised its rates, effective July 1, and Farmington is a resale customer of that municipality. The Town of Farmington’s resale customers include Little Laurel Run and Sunnyview Acres.
Also on Monday, Clarence Stout was sworn in as Farmington’s newest council member. Former council member Francie Sherry resigned due to personal reasons, and the town accepted letters of interest during a two-week period to fill the position. Stout’s term officially began Monday and will run until the end of June 2015.
In addition, Sabrina Haught of the Marion County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 911 told the council members about a new medical information program called “File of Life,” and asked for their help in getting the word out to the citizens of Farmington.
She explained that “File of Life” is a small, magnetic pocket that includes forms that community members can fill out about their medications, allergies, doctor and emergency contacts, pets, and living will information. People are asked to place their completed “File of Life” on the refrigerator and then display a label on an outside door or window to inform the Rescue Squad where that information is located in the case of an emergency.
Haught said sometimes the elderly are afraid to dial 911 because they don’t know what to expect, but she urged them to always call at the time they have a concern and not to wait.
The Town of Farmington has tentatively scheduled a meeting for 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at the fire hall to discuss and hand out the “File of Life” pockets. Notices will be sent to all residents about the meeting.
In other news:
• Farmington Chief of Police Andrew Schwartz reported that the department responded to 100 calls in the town in the past month, the majority of which were traffic stops. Three of the incidences were related to drugs.
• The Bethel Run Homemakers will host a craft show Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the town community building.
• Council unanimously voted to donate $200 to a Secret Santa program for families in Farmington.
• Farmington will hold its Christmas Parade, featuring Santa as well as cookies and hot chocolate afterward, on Dec. 13. Parade entries will line up at 6 p.m., and the parade will begin at 6:30 p.m.
• Plans are in the works for Farmington’s Yard of the Season, with council member Stephanie Cummons leading the efforts.
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