The Wheaton City Council voted to increase water and sewer rates at its regularly scheduled meeting on May 6.
The aldermen voted to increase the base sewer rate from $8 to $10 for the first 2,000 gallons of water used. Sewer usage charges will increase from $1 to $1.50 for each additional 1,000 gallons of water.
Water rates inside the Wheaton city limits will be increased from $9 to $11 for the first 1,500 gallons of water used. Water users living outside the city limits will be charged $18 for the first 1,500 gallons, which is a $3 increase. All water customers will be charged $2.50 for each additional 1,000 gallons of water used.
Phil and Earlene Chaffee attended the council meeting to discuss several trailers located in their mobile home park. The homes are offered under rent-to-own agreements.
Phil presented the aldermen with a long-term plan for the park, which included the removal of one mobile home and improvements to several others. He plans to begin repairs, which he will complete himself, as soon as possible.
Joseph Goldie reported that he has rented a jackhammer to remove rock from a house located near the rodeo grounds. After the rock has been removed, the structure will be bulldozed, moved from the rodeo grounds and burned.
The aldermen asked Goldie to secure the structure by boarding up the windows until the building has been removed. Goldie agreed to the request.
Alderman Nancy Rosentreter thanked the Chaffees and Goldie for responding to a request to attend the meeting and discuss their properties. Rosentreter asked Witt to send a letter to the individuals who did not attend the meeting to request their presence at a special meeting. Individuals who do not attend the special meeting will be issued citations for code violations.
The council also voted to adopt an ordinance authorizing a civil cause of action for abatement of nuisances that occur in the city limits or within one mile of the city's boundaries.