Madison County Industrial Authority employees, like their county employee counterparts, will receive a one-time $900 bonus, or “cost of living adjustment,” in their paychecks this Christmas.
The bonus will not include IDA executive director Marvin White, who is a contract employee with the IDA through the county Chamber of Commerce.
In other business Monday night, the board voted to change their January business meeting date from the usual third Monday of the month to the second Monday of the month, Jan. 13, to avoid a conflict with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.
Utility director Steve Shaw said the county water department billed 950 customers in November, who used a total of 5.3 million gallons. Usage was down about 140,000 gallons, Shaw said, from October.
Work on relocating water lines for the new Jackson EMC district office on Hwy. 29 South at Spratlin Mill Road has been completed, Shaw said.
The board voted to apply for a $2.5 million Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) loan for a Hwy. 72 sewer project. Applications must be in by the end of the year.
The board also agreed to apply for a $1.5 million GEFA water system loan to tie the Hull and Danielsville area county water system lines together.
White pointed out that the IDA will not have to accept the funds if they are approved for either or both the loans.
Board members discussed, but took no action on, surcharges for sewer customers. IDA chairman Bruce Azevedo said the surcharges would serve to encourage sewer customers to maintain their waste systems so they can better maintain the sewer plant.
They also discussed a resolution to require customers to notify the IDA of when their grease traps are serviced.