Mill Creek Town Council members were excited to learn this week the town's property insurance will be approximately $500 less than the past year.
James Wallace and Karly Kramer, representing Allegheny Insurance Services, discussed the changes with the town's policy and the many new enhancements during Thursday's meeting.
Also during the meeting, Dave Sharp, an engineer with Potesta Engineering, updated council members regarding the study on water system upgrades.
"We have completed our study and have submitted an application to the Bureau of Public Health with the $20,000 planning grant for the water loss study," Sharp said. "We have met our obligations and the requested update is in the final stages at the Bureau. You should be hearing soon if you will receive funding."
Mayor Bill Brock said the town has received a check for a little more than $7,000 from FEMA for the downed trees that damaged the pavilions in the park.
Brock also said he made the approved updates to the chain of command that were voted on at the last meeting.
"The mayor is the CEO and in his absence, the town recorder is in charge," Brock said. "If both the mayor and recorder are unavailable, council should meet and appoint one of its own to represent them until the mayor or recorder are available again."
Council approved two water leak adjustments, one for Dixie Taylor for $60.97 and one for an unnamed individual for $1,750.84.
"The second leak was not detected until the meters were read," Brock said. "The water was going into the creek and was not noticeable. It only took 20 minutes to fix once it was discovered."
Brock said approximately 283,600 gallons of water were lost in the leak.
Council members read through some animal control ordinances from other small towns in West Virginia. Brock said he is going to work to develop an animal control ordinance and enforcement procedure that will go to the town's attorney.
"Once we have these together, and the attorney approves them, we will present them at two meetings before we can vote on them," Brock said.
The next Mill Creek Town Council Meeting is slated for 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at Mill Creek City Hall.