The Luther Public Works Authority on Tuesday night voted to send a cut-off water notice to the Luther Public Schools for unpaid utility bills.
The LPWA Board of Trustees considered the delinquency of the December bill of $1,879.76 and the January bill of $1,796.76.
“I make a motion we do a ten day cut-off notice so they’ll get it paid,” Cecelia Taft, town trustee.
Both Trustees Carolyn Lawson and Birlene Langley asked whether there was a stipulation regarding the school district.
Lawson asked, “Can you do that with children?”
Langley commented, “I was wondering if we treat the schools like we do the businesses and all of the homes?”
Trustee Ron Henry answered, “why wouldn’t we?”
The trustees voted unanimously to send the ten day cut-off notice.
“I think if nothing else we issue the notice and if there’s an issue they can come back to us,” said Lea Ann Jackson, mayor. She also noted that without water service, the school would have to be closed.
LPS Superintendent Sheldon Buxton said this is the first he has heard about the issue, but the bills will be paid.
“Those bills will be paid and I believe are on the February meeting. I just heard about this issue this morning,” said Dr. Buxton on Thursday.
In addition to the encumbrance review such as this water bill, the February 15 school board agenda is expected to include Dr. Buxton’s Task Force report on suggested budget cuts for the district in reaction to a reduction in state funding.