After much discussion, the board took action pending payment of the bill and receipt of the adjustment request to approve the two months credit so Allen could get the credit sooner. Thompson and board members expressed sympathy for the situation but said they wished it had been handled sooner.
The board approved five other sewer rate adjustments in smaller amounts.
The board also reviewed an ambulance billing hardship request. With a new billing service these requests are handled on a case-by-case basis. The patient was requesting full removal of the debt. Emergency Medical Services Chief Jim Sumpter Jr. said in the past the city has taken minimal monthly payment amounts as small as $5 a month in good faith and since the person in this case was working and not on a fixed income, that was what he suggested. The board denied the request and approved working out a payment plan with the billing service.
In Other Business:
• Approved the resignation of Elder Haus Senior Center Director Connie Fink effective the end of the year. The board praised the work that Fink has done at the center.
• Approved a partial release of funds to Phend and Brown for the Nappanee Runway Project in the amount of $13,595.19. Gerber reported there is still $6,125 work to do and the grant will allow carrying it over to 2014.
• Heard an update on the NSP-3 Neighborhood Stabilization project. The house on West Market passed final inspection and is up for sale. Only one house at 257 N. Rosenberger is not completed. They are also working on quotes to put a new house at 407 S. Main Street.
• The board will meet in special session on Dec. 30 to award bids for trash collection. (Bids will be received Dec. 23)