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Mt. Zion Public Service District convened a special meeting at West Fork Park, Arnoldsburg, on Monday, after Judge David Nibert ruled that a temporary injunction was dissolved.

The meeting was called to order at 5:10 p.m. The first item approved was to remove the signature authorizations of Wilma Mace and Roberta Hartshorn at Calhoun Banks, and to authorize the signatures of Sharon Postalwait, Shirley Mace and Roscoe Gainer.

Board members authorized combined billings for November and December. Norma Collins said, “The bills (for water) will be out on schedule on December 10.”

Saundra Ballengee asked the public to “Please bear with us during this time. If you have any questions about your bill, I am available (in the office behind the Pit Stop) after 2 p.m. throughout the week.”

The board authorized waivers of late fees for November and December billings until Jan. 15.

Collins reported on the progress of cross-training of individuals to use the computer and Appalachian Software, Inc. programs for billing. She said that Ballengee, Shirley Mace, and herself were trained and the technician told the trainees that it should take the PSD about three billing cycles to get the bills corrected and up to date.

Collins said, “Saundra (Ballengee) is going to have a lot of clean up work on the accounts receivable.”

The board received a report on the progress of assembling records of the PSD needed to respond to PSC inquiries.

Collins said that she is working to get the board minutes for the PSC, but has not yet found minutes for 2007. She has also been going through the last five years of bank statements.

She said, “I believe we have everything to go to him (attorney Tom Whittier) to go ahead and send to PSC.”

Collins told the board that accounts payable “have not all been balanced, but the bottom line is $62,552.96 in open invoices” and “As of today, your water account has $11,907.84. The meter deposit has $9,708.70. And for some reason, the sewer account is overdrawn $1,005.90. We just found this out today. Why it’s overdrawn, we just don’t know.”

After a 30-minute executive session to receive advice from counsel in regard to litigation pending, the board approved that Robert Rodecker of Charleston be retained for counsel for the litigation with Ron Lane, Inc.

Norma Collins was authorized to send a letter to J.F. Allen Company asking for Mt. Zion PSD to be reimbursed for the cost of 263,000 gallons of water that was lost in a water leak, when the company allegedly broke a water line while working on a section of Rt. 16 between Mt. Zion and Millstone.

The meeting adjourned at 6:23 p.m. Mt. Zion PSD will meet on Monday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m., at West Fork Park.

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