News Briefs: City Shuts Off Water Service to Mayor's House for Nonpayment

News Briefs: City Shuts Off Water Service to Mayor's House for Nonpayment

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The Santa Fe Water Division recently shut off service to the home of its own mayor, Javier Gonzales, for failing to pay his water bill on time. It’s not the first time he’s neglected to pay, according to public records.

The water bill has been paid since, and Gonzales says he no longer lives at the home. He referred media inquiries to his former partner, Brad Furry, who resides at the house.

“The important thing is the bill is paid in full and the rules apply for everyone, including the home of the mayor,” Gonzales wrote in a text message.

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican

Federally-Mandated Tests Show 71 Systems in Michigan Exceed Flint's Lead Levels

Recent tests required by the federal government show that 71 water systems in Michigan now have higher lead levels than the city of Flint.

The tests in Flint were gathered between January and June and show levels at 7 ppb, which is higher than 92.6 percent of the water systems regulated by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality.

“The water lead levels in Flint continue to trend downwards from levels we measured in August 2015,” Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards told mLive. Edwards’ research identified the improperly treated water from the Flint River and subsequent lead issues.

Source: mLive

Pennsylvania Wastewater Employee on Leave After Attacking Mayor

A wastewater employee named Brandon Anderson from York City, Pennsylvania, is on paid leave from the plant after allegedly attacking his mother, York City Mayor Kim Bracey.

Anderson asked for a leave of absence from his role as operations shift supervisor before officials knew about his arrest for assault.

Anderson’s employment status with the city following his leave isn’t known at this time.

Source: York Dispatch

Longtime Ohio Operator Allows Class IV Certification to Lapse

Wastewater Superintendent Bob Gentile has operated the plant in Struthers, Ohio, since the end of 2015 without a proper operator’s certification.

His certification expired Dec. 31, 2015 and a one-year grace period has since passed, which would have allowed him to renew certification without having to retake the Class IV operator test.

Gentile has managed the facility for 36 years. Notably, in 2012, an explosion at the same facility killed two workers and brought about 10 citations from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.



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