City of Taylorsville: Don’t call 9-1-1 in case of water outages

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By Robin Bass

The word emergency has many meanings for many people, but in the case of Taylorsville Waters Works, a water main leak doesn’t require a call to 9-1-1.

“That’s not what dispatch is for,” said Fire Chief Nathan Nation of the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department.

Taylorsville City Commissioners approved adding a message at the bottom of every customer’s bill instructing where to call in case of an after-hours water emergency. Rather than multiple complaints tying up 9-1-1 or Spencer County Dispatch lines, residents will be encouraged to call 477-0434. Callers will still get a 9-1-1 operator, but their phone lines will still be open for true emergencies, such as heart attacks or to report a fire.

Nation told commissioners during last Thursday’s special-called meeting that they “may eventually look at hiring a private company to handle the calls.”

Mayor Don Pay described the move as a “work in progress” that would be revisited in a few months.

Commissioners also discussed the status of the new Welcome Center being organized by members of the Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce. Concerns included the lack of proper signage and determining where funds from the city were being spent.

According to City Clerk Steve Biven, commissioners approved funding the Welcome Center for one person to work 10 hours a week at minimum wage. The agreement was for six months.

Pay said a request was made to Welcome Center organizers to put their goals down in writing and submit a budget to the city.

In other money matters, Biven and City Treasurer Harold Compton discussed the security of the city’s banking assets with the commissioners.

“We wanted to know how secure our money is in CUB,” said Biven.

After lengthy discussions with CUB officials, Biven and Compton said they were confident that the bank was “well capitalized.”

“We are just trying to be good stewards of the citizens’ money,” said Biven.

In a related move, the commissioners approved to transfer a $180,000 mature CD at the Peoples Bank to CUB. Commissioner Kathy Spears was the only no vote.

“I hate moving everything out of what’s always been our hometown bank,” said Spears.

Commissioner Syd Kirsch said that the only wise financial move would be to place the funds into the higher yielding account at CUB.

“We owe our taxpayers to go with the best interest rate,” said Kirsch.

During the meeting, city commissioners also approved unanimously to purchase a $17,000 transceiver and laptop to read water meters, and a $6,000 GPS mapping system. Biven said that the water company is currently relying on one meter reader and that the new system would not only speed up the process, but alert any high usage readings immediately.

The next Taylorsville City Commission meeting will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Annex.