SWC Coun­cil Ap­proves Wa­ter Rate In­crease

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - By Me­gan Davis

New wa­ter rates were es­tab­lished by South­west City’s Board of Al­der­men dur­ing their ses­sion on Dec. 22.

Wa­ter bills had pre­vi­ously been cal­cu­lated on a tiered-us­age scale. Now they will be to­talled based on a flat us­age scale.

Res­i­den­tial ac­counts will be charged a $12 min­i­mum fee, then $4.50 for each ad­di­tional 1,000 gal­lons. This will raise the av­er­age res­i­den­tial wa­ter bill of 4,000 gal­lons from $24.25 to $25.50.

In or­der to qual­ify for USDA grants, the av­er­age res­i­den­tial bill would need to to­tal $37.87. Mayor Joe Car­pen­ter ex­plained that he is not pre­pared to make that dras­tic of an in­crease. In­stead, the city will be de­posit­ing $2,500 in a wa­ter ac­count each month. This will the­o­ret­i­cally put aside $30,000 each year to re­place ap­prox­i­mately 1,500 feet of pipe an­nu­ally.

Com­mer­cial ac­counts will also be charged a $12 min­i­mum, but

each 1,000 gal­lons af­ter will be $3.75. This will raise the av­er­age com­mer­cial wa­ter bill of 10,000 gal­lons from $35.75 to $45.75.

The coun­cil unan­i­mously voted to ap­prove Or­di­nance No. 592, en­act­ing these new wa­ter rates, ef­fec­tive Jan. 1.



Po­lice Chief Bud Gow no­ti­fied the coun­cil of a let­ter he re­cently re­ceived from Crow­der Col­lege ask­ing per­mis­sion for another stu­dent to ride along with an of­fi­cer as an ex­tracur­ric­u­lar sup­ple­ment to her crim­i­nal jus­tice classes. The coun­cil voted to grant Norma Lucero per­mis­sion to ride along with a mem­ber of the Po­lice Depart­ment.

Gow told the coun­cil that the desk­top com­puter cur­rently in place at City Hall needs re­plac­ing. It is three to five years old and the video card is not func­tion­ing. He said that a turnkey com­puter would cost $1,195. The coun­cil voted to pur­chase a new com­puter for the of­fice, with the stip­u­la­tion that it not be pur­chased un­til 2016 so as not to dis­rupt the bud­get.

Public Works Direc­tor Shane Clark re­ported at­tend­ing wa­ter treat­ment train­ing classes with Jack Coat­ney Dec. 7-11. The Wa­ter Depart­ment worked to win­ter­ize the tri­an­gle and re­strooms at Blanken­ship Park. The Sewer Depart­ment is sched­uled to hook the NAPA Auto Parts store to sewer and wa­ter ser­vice next week. The Street Depart­ment has been busy win­ter­iz­ing city ve­hi­cles, re­pair­ing signs, and steadily work­ing to hang Christ­mas lights. They also changed the re­stroom locks at Blanken­ship Park and a key knob at the Se­nior Cit­i­zen’s Cen­ter.

Al­der­man Joe Stark asked that gravel be laid on a road in the west side of town to fill pot­holes. He said he will main­tain the road him­self. In other busi­ness: • The coun­cil ap­proved the 2016 bud­get with pro­jected ex­penses to­talling $793,324 and ex­cess rev­enue of $10,852.

• The coun­cil tabled the ap­proval of a build­ing per­mit at 312 Po­plar St. be­cause it is un­clear if it meets the 25-foot set­back re­quire­ment from a city ease­ment or road­way.

• The coun­cil voted to award prize money of $100 for first place, $50 for sec­ond place, and $25 for third place to the win­ners of South­west City’s Christ­mas Light Con­test. Deb­bie Dover at 505 Broad­way St., Alma Ruano at 311 Acad­emy St., and Ruben Saucedo at 207 Choctaw St. were the re­cip­i­ents re­spec­tively.

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