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City water rates to rise

By Staff | Aug 19, 2008

Sometimes when there is smoke, there are usually issues involving fire and water and that was the case at Estherville City Council’s Monday meeting.

In introducing city legislation for the amending and revising the code for treated water rates, city administrator Steve Woodley explained the proposal for the 2008 water rate adjustment which included option one and option two.

Present rates for minimum use (average useage 520 cubic feet per month) in residential and small commercial settings stands at about $18 per month. Option one would increase this amount to $25.60 and option two’s amount is $26.90.

The largest water customer (476,000 cubic feet per month) currently is billed $8,703 per month. Option one would increase that amount to $14,380 while option two would raise it to a monthly amount of $13,215.

The second highest water consumer (165,400 cubic feet a month) is currently charged $3,062. Option one would increase it to $5,012 while option two would see it increase to $4,623.

The council passed the first reading, waived the second and third readings and adopted the amendment using the option 2 choice. Customers will be charged $3.25 per 100 cubic feet up to the first 5,000 cubic feet and $2.75 per 100 cubic feet after 5,000 cubic feet.

The increase also reflects a hike in the demand charge as determined by pipe meter size.

Woodley said the increase will take effect with the Sept. 30 billing cycle.

And finally, with every seat occupied at the council table, final action on the open burning restrictions for recreational fires once the second reading was approved and third reading was waived. By a vote of 6-1 the amendment was passed.

In other matters, the council:

n Appointed Dave Seylar to fill the Third Ward term for Dick Sidles who resigned his position earlier this summer.

n Approved a request from Iowa Lakes Regional Water for water service at 1510 375 Ave., which is within the Estherville Water Service area.

n Was presented with an application and fee for renewal of a Class C Beer Permit, Class B Wine Permit and Sunday Sales Privilege for HyVee Food Stores, 1221 Central Ave. The request received approval.

n Received a concept of selling a parcel of city real estate loocated south of 118 WS Second St.