City of Seligman raises utility rates

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Seligman City Council voted to raise the city water and sewer rates at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 9.

According to the approved ordinance, water rates inside the city limits will increase from $9.50 to $12.50 per 2,000 gallons of water. Water customers who live outside the city limits will be charged $15.50 for the first 2,000 gallons of water, which is a $3 rate increase.

The aldermen also approved an ordinance that increases the city sewer rates from $9.48 to $11.48 per 2,000 gallons.

In addition to approving the utility rate changes, the city council heard police department and code enforcement reports.

The June police department report documented 77 speeding and equipment citations, 20 speeding and equipment warnings, six arrests and 21 requests for services. According to the police report, the officers drove 1,644 miles last month. Gas expenses totaled $373.

After reviewing the police department report, alderman James L. Bottorff made a motion to dismiss reserve officer Melissa Swarer who has not worked any hours for the Seligman Police Department. Although Swarer has not worked any hours, the city does not pay her so it does not cost anything to retain her as a reserve officer, said alderman Danny Joe Hendrix.

After discussion, the aldermen voted three-to-one to dismiss Swarer. Hendrix opposed the motion.

Bottorff asked Officer Steve McClure about the cameras that have been installed in the police cars. McClure informed the council that the cameras are currently not working properly.

The aldermen directed McClure to obtain a repair estimate from the business that performs maintenance on cameras used by the Rogers, Ark., Police Department.

After reviewing the code enforcement report, the aldermen discussed options to recoup expense costs associated with mowing several yards inside the city limits. The council will research alternative ideas that could cut costs associated with placing liens on property.

The aldermen also asked McClure to study the city's procedures for condemning and demolishing houses.

In other business, the Seligman City Council:

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