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WAPELLA — Village leaders in Wapella say it will take some time before water bills — which are about three months behind — are brought up to date.

Mayor Mark Miller said former clerk Jane Buraglio has volunteered to help with the workload. “Two trustees have asked that she help us and she has volunteered her time,” Miller said.

The bills fell behind last fall and no bills were sent in December. Trustee Brad Karr said the goal is to bring them up to date as quickly as possible.

“We intend on sending out a bill next week which will be covering the dates from Feb. 20 through April 7, which is actually a 46-day billing period,” he said. “Then, we will re-evaluate this next month and see what we have to do to bring this closer to being back to normal.”

Karr said readings from the winter months were estimated, but official readings were recorded in early April.

The board previously banned Buraglio from Village Hall, for what Miller described as an incident about a year ago.

“Reports were made to the Sheriff’s Department, but no charges were filed, there was no arrest or legal action resulting from the incident and our attorneys have looked at it and determined there is no legal reason to ban her from the hall,” Miller said. “This issue has resolved itself and there will be nothing further.”

The board lifted the ban by a 4-1 vote. Trustee Sharon Riddle opposed it.

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