2008-10-08 / Local News

Flora will see increased water rates beginning in '09

Comet staff report

Ordinance 2008-5 setting water rates for 2009 through 2012 passed on first reading at Monday night's Flora Town Council meeting.

The total increase will be 27.61% with a 9.31% increase in '09 and a 6.1% increase the next three years (2010-2012).

Based on an average use of 5,000 gallons, the current charge is $25.57. With the 9.1% increase, the charge on 5,000 gallons will be $28, an increase of $2.43. After the full increase is implemented, residents will see a $7.08 increase on usage of 5,000 gallons.

The average increase by 2012 should be $5 by household, said council president Josh Ayres.

Copies of the ordinance are available at the town office.

The council recently clarified trash contract specifications that will be advertised for bids this month. Bids will be accepted until 5 p.m. Nov. 3.

Councilmember Vince Seward said that the town is currently paying Clinton County Disposal $98,000 for the '08 contract and the town expects a 25% to 30% increase for 2009.

Leaf pickup schedule will be the west side of the railroad tracks in the morning and the east side in the afternoon unless the volume is light in the morning then the east side will get picked up in the morning, too.

Residents were reminded to keep sticks out of leaf piles as they plug up the leaf vacuum.

To help keep expenses down due to the price of salt, leftover salt from last year was mixed with sand and beet juice to make a winter mix for snow.

Wastewater employees helped T-Bird install two flow meters in two manholes in suspected infiltration areas.

Clear skylights were added to the town's maintenance buildings to help save on lighting costs.

The town received a letter Monday advising that "no further action" is needed by the town on the buried tank at the airport.

The September statistic report for the police department included: 107 calls for service, 13 arrests/misdemeanors, 10 felonies, 22 citations, 59 warnings, 5 accidents, and 5 warrants served.

Three building permits were issued in September: John Filbrun, wrecking of garage; Dustin Hufty, fence; and Dollar General, new store.

Trick-or-Treat Night was set Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Lions Club chili supper and costume judging will be Oct. 30 at the 4-H Community Building. Serving will begin at 4:30 p.m.

The town office will be closed Monday in observance of Columbus Day.

A public hearing and final adoption of the new water rates will be held at the next meeting, Nov. 3 a 6 p.m. The regular meeting will follow.

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