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Sistersville Cracks Down on Water Theft

By Staff | Sep 20, 2017

Sistersville Council members met recently where Mayor Rice explained that six people have been prosecuted for water theft and “Sistersville will not tolerate water theft.” Apparently people were using hoses or other material to bypass the water meter in order to run unregistered water. This unregistered water accounted for a large percentage of Sistersville’s overall water loss.

A member of S&S Engineers met with council members to discuss plans for the water and sewer upgrades. The project is estimated at costing approximately 4.5 million dollars to complete and includes radio read meters. It was mentioned that several of the city lines haven’t been replaced since the early 1900’s and there is a map, with pushpins representing habitual breaking points, that has been used by city members for keeping record of bad lines. This will be able to assist S&S on line locations.

It was mentioned that Dominion has been talking about replacing water lines and so council discussed whether they may be able to do both projects at the same time to keep from doing a great deal of road construction.

In other news, there will be a seat opening on city council as a replacement in ward 2. The applicant must live in ward 2 and anyone interested may contact the city building for more information. The Planning Committee announced that they have set the fall cleanup dates for September 25 through October 1, 2017. There are to be no tires, paint, flammable items and you must present your water bill in order to be eligible. It is intended for city residents only.

It was announced that this year’s “Hocus Pocus in the Park” is scheduled for October 19, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm.

If it rains, the reschedule date will be October 23, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm.

A motion passed to have a Halloween spook house at the old high school on the last week of October. This is an opportunity to collect community service hours.

A motion passed to purchase a long sleeve shirts for city crew workers with a Sistersville city logo printed on the shirts.

The topic of dilapidated buildings has once again come up after Mayor Rice mentioned the meeting he attended, with other county representatives, to address the situation. Again it was stated that tearing down buildings is a costly investment and although there are low interest rate loans available, there must be a way to generate money to pay back these loans. The biggest concern at this time is safety and the removal of vacant homes that pose harm to citizens. The Fire Department is longer allowed to perform controlled burns so that is no longer an option.

Finally Mayor Rice reported that the city burn pile is being taken advantage of and people are taking items that don’t belong down there. Rice feels that the burn pile “is a luxury that is being disrespected.” People have been taking down lumber with nails sticking out of it, painted or treated lumber, and even some waste material. Mayor Rice would like a sign with hours of availability listed and he stated that it may be by appointment only. There is to be nothing painted or stained, nothing over six inches in length, and all violators will be prosecuted.

The next Sistersville city council meeting is scheduled for October 9, 2017 located at the Volunteer Fire Department.