Council hears gas bill complaint from former shelter
by Rachel Davis
Feb 05, 2014 | 1428 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — Sumiton’s city council heard from Renae Walker on Tuesday morning regarding the gas and water bill for the former Nonnie’s Angels location.

In July of 2013, Walker appeared in front of the council to discuss opening a thrift store/adoption center after police shut the Main Street shelter down earlier in the summer. At the time, the council urged Walker and her associate to focus on repaying the debt owed to the city before they tried to begin again with a shelter.

At the time of the July council meeting, there was an outstanding water and gas balance in excess of $800. A member of the council agreed to take care of the approximately $100 portion of the bill for water as long as Walker agreed to keep the water bill paid up and make payments on the gas portion of the bill. The current balance on the gas bill is just under $700.

“The agreement was that you would make a payment on the outstanding bill and your regular bill,” Mayor Petey Ellis said. “There have only been four payments made since June.”

Walker argued that the balance changed numerous times.

She also claimed they had paid on the old bill, but Ellis said the records showed only four payments total, barely in excess of the current water bill. The building currently has water service but does not have gas service.

Walker eventually agreed to continue paying her current water bills and to pay $25 a month toward the balance on the old gas bill.

The shelter was ordered not to have animals on the premises after the police and local rescues removed more than 100 animals from what animal welfare workers and a veterinarian called “deplorable conditions.”

In other business:

•The council approved the funds for the library’s summer reading program.

•Ellis told the council to keep in mind that the city would have to do work on some local roads following the recent severe weather once it warms up.