Emergency responders in the City of Fairmont were authorized to undergo specialized training for national security incidents following council approval Tuesday night.

Fairmont Fire Chief Roger Wilson explained that by updating the National Incident Management System program within the city, responders will efficiently be able to help during events that the Division of Homeland Security or FEMA are called to.

“It will look very good on the city’s behalf if we adopted this as part of our system,” Wilson said. “If we need Homeland Security or FEMA, it will make it much easier.”

Wilson said that most workers have had the necessary training for this designation but that some still need to go through it.

In other business Tuesday, City Manager Jim Snider announced that he is attempting to contact officials in the Town of Monongah to set up a meeting with them in the near future.

Snider said he wants to meet with them to try to resolve issues that the town has brought up about the city overcharging its customers for sewage treatment.

For about the past nine years, Fairmont has treated Monongah’s sewage and billed the town’s customers on a monthly basis for the service. Several months ago, Monongah officials began noticing that the bills were getting much higher and believe that Fairmont is overcharging them.

But Snider and Fairmont Utilities Manager Dave Sago said that the meter is being read correctly and is calibrated once every six months, according to the contract in place with the town.

“I am trying to set up a meeting,” Snider said. “Obviously there is a difference of opinion in the quality of the meter reading.”

Currently, Monongah owes Fairmont more than $26,600 in back sewage charges, and officials said they cannot pay these without a customer rate increase.

Also on Tuesday, council members appointed two members to the Fairmont Parking Authority, Karen Gribben and Norman Kronjaeger, with terms to end September of 2011.

Council members also adopted a resolution to endorse Main Street Fairmont’s third annual Feast of Seven Fishes on Dec. 13 and changed their Dec. 23 council meeting to Dec. 16 because of the Christmas holiday.

E-mail Mallory Panuska at mpanuska@timeswv.com.

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