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Mayor Barrett's resignation tabled; City to determine car wash fees

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FERRIS – The recent meeting of the Ferris City Council hosted much discussion and requests for tabling until future meeting dates.

Most discussed item agenda in town was the resignation of Mayor Rick Barrett. 

Barrett was not able to attend the meeting on Tuesday, July 5 because of work.

“He [Barrett] didn’t provide a letter [of resignation] and isn’t able to be here tonight because of work so I request we table all three items pertaining to him on the agenda for a future date,” said City Manager Eric Strong.

On another topic, Strong advised the council should establish a “car wash policy” proposing a small fee be requested of any group wanting to host car washes at the finance building.

“I want some set polices and this is not a money generator, strictly just to cover whatever water they are using,” said Strong.

The proposed fee would be a $50 deposit with $25 of it refundable. 

“Mainly it’s so the water will just not be running out there all day.”

The space and water hasn’t cost before and was based on a first come first serve basis on requests from various organizations.

The new proposal includes a waiver not holding the city liable for any accident or injuries happening during their use of the property.

Councilman Micheal Driggars asked if there needed to be a sanitary sewer in place for the soap to be properly disposed of.

Public Works Director Charlie James said he would check on the legalities. 

“The regular car wash business in town has a grit and grease trap as well as a sanitary drain,” said James.

Council voted unanimously to table the item until the issue was further looked into.

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