EAST LIVERPOOL - Among invoices forwarded for City Council's review at next week's meeting is an invoice from the police department for a stripper.
The bill caused a bit of a stir at council's finance committee meeting Tuesday, with Chairman Sherrie Curtis poking a bit of fun at Chief John Lane, asking, tongue in cheek, "Where can you get a stripper for $84.04? I just had to ask."
The invoice from United Rental was actually for use of a floor stripping machine, and Lane explained that Patrolman Fred Flati had offered to strip and wax the floor in the police department.
A second invoice for $32 from Milligan's Hardware was also submitted from the police department for supplies used to wax the floor.
In a more serious vein, Curtis reminded Lane that a few such bills have come through his department without the proper purchase order, which is required, and Lane conceded that was true, adding, "He asked, and I told him to go ahead. Someone offered free work so I grabbed it while I could."
Two additional invoices without purchase orders were also included on the ordinance forwarded for council's consideration, these from the water department.
Utilities Director Bob Disch said the bills for $643 and $3, 954 from Stan Cunningham were for drilling and excavation near the Pope Street reservoir when it was discovered a support had been drilled through a drain line.
In other matters, the committee heard from Service-Safety Director Ryan Estell about an upgrade to the phone system which will also increase Internet speed in City Hall.
He reported an issue had arisen with the phone company when the normal $450 monthly bill arrived and it was for $8,900.
It was discovered the city's contract had expired in May and it has since been billed the non-contracted rate. The notification of the expiration was made on the regular phone bill, included in routine wording that was overlooked.
Estell said normally the city's account manager would have advised officials about the pending expiration but that hadn't happened. Estell is working with the phone company to have the bill lowered.