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Utility deposits, drainage issues on Benton City Council agenda

June 25, 2012

Benton City Council is expected tonight to consider the second reading of an ordinance that amends customer service rules, regulations and fees for Benton Utilities customers.
The ordinance previously been presented for its first reading.Three are required before a vote can be taken.
If the ordinance is approved, it will amend the amount charged to commercial customers that are delinquent on their accounts.
Benton Public Utilities Commission recently addressed the matter, which also came under the review of the council's Community Services Committee.
The proposed changes reportedly will put the city's procedures in line with those of First Electric and Entergy.
The ordinance includes a passage regarding commercial and industrial customers, noting that a cash deposit amount must not exceed two estimated maximum monthly utility bills. Deposits of less than two months may be granted upon approval by the PUC if the applicant does not have an adverse credit history, the ordinance states.
In other matters, the council plans to consider an ordinance establishing a restricted fund for street projects in the area where the Benton Events Center is to be built.
Other items on the agenda include an ordinance accepting streets, drainage and utilities for maintenance in Pleasant Forest Subdivision, Phase 3.
The council plans to vote on an ordinance amending the personnel policies and practices for city employees. The ordinance, which has been presented previously for first and second readings, is being presented by Alderman Bill Donnor, who chairs the council's Personnel Committee.
Also, the council plans to vote on an ordinance levying the annual tax on real and personal property in the city.
In another matter, the Employee of the Month award is to be presented to Lt. Michael Kassel of the police department. Donnor, who developed the employee recognition program, will present the award.
A report is expected from Alderman Charles Cunningham, who chairs the Community Services/Animal Control committees.
Also a report on drainage issues is expected from Alderman Kerry Murphy.
The council session will begin at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a 6:30 p.m. agenda session. All council meetings are open to the public.

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