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By Roger Harnack
The Journal 

Council overturns Lind mayor

Town returns funds collected illegally


Last updated 10/5/2021 at 8:38am

LIND – A resident who was overcharged for water connection is getting thousands of dollars returned.

Briana Osborn appeared before the Town Council on Tuesday, Sept. 28, to plead her case for reimbursement of water connection fees after Mayor Paula Bell failed to provide proof of legal authority to collect the funds.

After listening to Osborn, and the mayor’s rebuttal, the council voted unanimously to return $5,239.85 to the homeowner.

At issue was whether the mayor had authority to authorize a contractor to trespass on Osborn’s property and perform work without first obtaining permis...

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