Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

'Let's go after our money'

Unpaid bill forces Everly council to seek court judgment on owners of former school

The Everly City Council on Monday agreed to go after a local property owner for a "substantial" unpaid utilities bill.

Council members agreed to seek judgment against Guardian Education & Athletic Services (GEAS) in district court for the delinquent tab, which includes water, sewer and gas services. GEAS owns the former Clay Central/Everly 7-12 grade building located at 306 East Second Street.

According to discussion, City Attorney Dennis Cmelik has advised the council to not publicly discuss the amount of the unpaid bill.

"It's substantial," said Mayor Ron Thompson. "They had been paying and...