By: James Pruitt
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
The village of Metamora is going after a resident who has not paid income taxes in four years.
The council will employ the Regional Income Tax Agency to purse the money. The account is $1,100 in arrears. The cost for RITA to pursue litigation for the village is estimated at $250 for legal fees and $110 for estimated court cost. If the issue had been handed over to a collection agency the firm would retain 18 percent of the amount collected.
The village will embark on a public relations campaign to pass a half-mill levy for an established park fund.
The levy would mean $15 in new taxes for an owner of a $100,000.
The council voted 5-1 with John Hudik opposed.
The village has been loaned a global positioning tool at no charge. The village will be able to record and save locations of underground pipes.
The village will contract with Buckeye Concrete for the pad around the part water fountain and service walk to the fountain for $600. The water fountain is tapped off right now until the concrete is in. The estimate also includes repair to the sidewalk on Wildflower where it has risen for an additional $350.
• The sewer discharge for March was in violation again. The problems with the infiltration system are the cause of the discharge violations with the EPA.
• The village council granted the Evergreen Community Library request to waive park shelter fee for July 25 to host Summer Reading Program picnic.
The council will wait on a request to waive zoning and variance fees for the library’s expansion until the village has received the permit and variance requests
The Board of Zoning Appeals is meeting with the library to ensure everyone is on the same page.
• The new zoning inspector, Steve Brown, started last week. He will be working on Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon.
• Town Garage Sales will be June 11. Posters and permits are ready. Easter Seals has been called to request a trailer be placed in town for donations on June 11 and 12.
James Pruitt may be reached at