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Spirit Lake could see water rate increase

By Staff | Sep 25, 2008

SPIRIT LAKE – Residents of Spirit Lake could soon be paying higher water and sewer rates. A recommendation was made by Howard R. Green Co., which did a rate study for the city. If approved, the raise will begin in November. The rates will continue to increase on July 1 through 2011 at a varied rate.

Councilmember Jeff Thee said he has heard concerns from laundromat and car wash owners. Councilmember Clyde Ihrke suggested that with the new technology, those business owners could find new fittings to help them conserve water.

HR Green also recommended that over a period of time, the large water consumers should no longer receive a discount in order to encourage conservation.

The council will have three readings of the ordinance in order to give the community time to respond.

In other business, the council:

n Passed the ordinance amending chapter 58 of the dangerous dog ordinance, allowing for dangerous dogs to be kept inside the city limits.

n Adopted the resolution approving use of TIF Funds to pay a portion of water project debt service.

n Approved the transfer of sanitation funds for internal financing of the fiscal year 2009 TIF projects.

n Adopted the resolution approving and authorizing a form of loan agreement and providing for the issuance of $325,000 General Obligation Capital Loan Notes and levying a tax to pay the notes.

n Approved the city street financial report.