By T. Scott Boatright
Grambling residents will have an extra week to pay their water utility bills after receiving them only within the past couple of days with a due date set for May 10.
The Grambling City Council moved to extend the deadline for payment until May 17 because of the delay in the bills being received.
Grambling’s Water Department said the bills were delivered to be mailed out on April 30. Mayor Edwards Jones said he received his bill Thursday with it originally set to be due on Monday.
Councilwoman G. Denise Dupree said she was told the delay came from the post office.
“I spoke to the post office and was told they are going through some staff changes and they have I know some drivers and new people,” Dupree said. “I had some stuff come in late as well and I was told they are adjusting and that they are slow right now. They asked that we please be patient while they work on training new people and making things better.”
The Grambling City Council also approved millage rates for the upcoming fiscal year, keeping them the same as last year.
Those rates are:
• Grambling Public Improvement, 9.13 mills
• Grambling Fire Protection, 16.97 mills
• Grambling Police Department, 4.48 mills
• Grambling Public Streets, 5.30 mills
• Grambling Water System, 5.00 mills
• Grambling General Alimony, 6.33 mills
A mill is one one-thousandth of a dollar, and in property tax terms is equal to $1.00 of tax for each $1,000 of assessment.
In other business, Grambling’s City Council also approved a Citizen Participation Plan Resolution and a Procurement Policy Resolution as part of also approving authorizing submittal of a 2022/23 Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) application as well as approval to enter to agreements associated with administration and engineering services for projects grant funding would be used for.
Jones said that LCDBG application would be used to request funding for sewer-system rehabilitation.
Grambling’s City Council also officially accepted the resignation of former city Fire Chief Patrick Conley, who turned in resignation last week after being arrested on multiple domestic abuse charges involving his wife.