Eaton changes meeting time

EATON — Future Eaton City Council meetings will officially be held at 6 p.m., instead of the previously scheduled 7 p.m. After waiting for a new ordinance to take effect, council met for their first meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. All meetings will now be held at this time, unless posted otherwise.

The city’s heroin overdose response for July is down significantly from what is has been for previous months, at only five responses, according to city officials. Back in April the number spiked to 17, but has slowly started to creep back down. For July the number is the lowest it has been for 2017.

Council voted to approve an ordinance that would amend the annual appropriation for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31. Council suspended the two reading rule so that the ordinance may be passed immediately as required.

In other business, city staff requested the annual appropriation for the Fort St. Clair Fund be adjusted to $8,000.

Mayor David Kirsch asked, “Does this have anything to do with the added expense of the tank?”

City Manager Brad Collins explained, it did not. He added, funds for the tank are being taken out of Capitol Improvement funds.

Council also voted to approve amending Chapter 931 of the Codified Ordinances to amend refuse collection charges. In order to cover the operational and maintenance costs associated with such, according to city officials, they find it necessary to increase the charges on collection of refuse. The monthly charge for each residential unit will now be $19.85. This will take effect for October usage.

The next City of Eaton council meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Eaton City Building.

By Kelsey Kimbler

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