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August 15, 2012

Posted Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at 12:51 PM

I had a very nice conversation with Tinou Hampton this week. Mrs. Hampton had a question about the method the Malden Board of Public Works uses to determine residential sewer bills. The BPW charges each homeowner for sewer use the same amount it charges for water. If your water bill is $15.00 then your sewer bill is $15.00. This is the method until you use more than 14,000 gallons of water. Your sewer bill, if you use more than 14,000 gallons of water, is the same as if you used only 14,000 gallons. Mrs. Hampton's question was about the change from the "old way." Under the old way the BPW "froze" your sewer bill at the April level until October. The purpose was not to bill for sewer use when the water was ostensibly going onto your lawn or garden and not into the city's sanitary sewers. The change was made several years ago. The best answer I can give for the change is that it was made by the BPW in order to find a more equitable way of sharing the expense of maintaining Malden's sewer system and wastewater treatment plant. I have been asked twice about the water billing in the last two weeks. The BPW meets at 5:00 P.M. on August 28th at the office on East Laclede Street. The board members are James Fair, James Burrow, Clark Duckett, and Denny Blake. They are all good men and valuable members of our community. Please attend a meeting and take part in the important discussions with your friends and neighbors about our town's utility system.

"Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose." If you're interested you can ask my dear friend Tinou to translate. You can probably figure it out after reading this. We met in a called session of the Malden City Council this past week to approve a new contract with the Southwest Power Administration to provide electricity to Malden. The contract is lengthy and the wording is complicated, but the gist is that Malden can purchase wholesale electricity from SWPA's hydroelectric facilities for fifteen more years. The BPW is also contemplating lowering our residential electric rates by one cent a kilowatt based on receiving money owed by SEMA and FEMA and the lower than anticipated cost of rebuilding after the 2009 ice storm. The city council voted to amend the 2012-2013 budget to provide money for the hiring of an additional police officer. There has been some back chat about the Malden Schools and the Malden Park Board and the utilities at the school athletic complex. I checked my diary for this date three years ago. All of the items I mentioned were being discussed at that time in slightly different form. "Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme change."

Three years ago, we were preparing to commemorate the renovation of our down town. This week on the 18th at 10:00 A.M. the Malden Alumni Association will meet at the former Conoco Service Station on South Madison to begin cleaning the site in preparation for renovation. If you want to help or just be a "sidewalk superintendent," please join us. I'm from the Class of 1963.

The Labor Day Homecoming Weekend is only three weeks away. Contact the alumni association and gather up your old classmates and parade through town one more time. You can celebrate who you were or who you are; its up to you.

One of Malden's graduates was in town this weekend and did himself and his hometown proud. Rodney Paul conducted a program and lecture on birds of prey at the Bootheel Youth Museum. Mr. Paul operates a sanctuary for raptors in El Paso, Arkansas. His knowledge of hawks, falcons, owls, and eagles is encyclopedic and his stage presence is wonderful. The Malden Schools have produced some remarkable people through the years.

The financial report is as follows:

August 3, 2012

Balance $1,309,753.02

Revenues $85,268.17

Expenses $30.090.85

August 10, 2012

Balance $1,364,930.34

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