De­catur re­solves to ad­just the wa­ter rates for large-scale users

Westside Eagle-Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Eck­els meck­els@nwadg.com

DE­CATUR — Mayor Bob Tharp con­vened the De­catur City Coun­cil into an emer­gency ses­sion at 4 p.m. on Fri­day, Sept. 22, to dis­cuss the city’s wa­ter and sewer rates for in­dus­trial cus­tomers. Tharp said the city has an op­por­tu­nity to sus­tain a busi­ness re­la­tion­ship with Sim­mons, a cur­rent in­dus­trial cus­tomer, and that Sim­mons hopes to in­crease its con­sump­tion of wa­ter and its sewer use by more than 20 per­cent.

The meet­ing was prompted by a Sim­mons re­quest that the city review rates for in­dus­trial cus­tomers us­ing large amounts of wa­ter in their busi­ness op­er­a­tions.

The coun­cil passed, by res­o­lu­tion, its in­tent to lower the wa­ter and sewer rates in sup­port of such large-scale cus­tomers.

“The ac­tion taken by the coun­cil to­day will gen­er­ate con­tin­ued in­come at the same level we re­ceive now for the city of De­catur while re­duc­ing costs for one of our long­stand­ing busi­ness cus­tomers who needs the lower cost to make a crit­i­cal busi­ness de­ci­sion for the fu­ture,“Tharp said. “Our goal is to keep busi­nesses in North­west Ar­kan­sas spe­cific to De­catur. We have a lot of work to fi­nal­ize this ad­just­ment. There will be public hear­ings, or­di­nance review and an agree­ment with Two-Ton Wa­ter Dis­trict re­gard­ing the avail­abil­ity of wa­ter at a lo­ca­tion to be an­nounced.”

Tharp thanked the coun­cil, which was 100 per­cent in at­ten­dance, for its sup­port and apol­o­gized for his short no­tice for the meet­ing.

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