Waleska water customers struggling financially because of the coronavirus pandemic won’t have to worry about having their service cut off for awhile longer.

City Council members decided to extend their pandemic policy of suspending water cutoffs for non-payment. They decided to look at the issue again during their first meeting in July. City Manager Robyn Smith said penalties have not been added to past due accounts over the past couple of months either.

In other water system business, council members unanimously approved seeking an emergency permit from the state to replace about 3,000 feet of waterline that is riddled with leaks in six areas. The project is expected to cost less than $100,000.

The Council met remotely with City Hall closed because of the pandemic. Council members approved a plan to reopen City Hall on May 18 with policies in place to ensure social distancing. Council members are also exploring ways to meet in person, while accommodating public attendance and allowing for social distancing.

The operator of the city farmer’s market asked for and received permission to open the market season on May 14.

In a called meeting on Wednesday morning, council members unanimously approved a plan to solicit bids for city trash pickup. Waste Management informed Smith it would be terminating its contract because it’s losing money servicing its 950 Waleska customers. The contract will end on June 30.

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Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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