Only around six residents attended the Exeter City Council's public hearing on Jan. 19 to discuss a possible sewer rate increase.
According to Myrna Eisenbraun, city clerk, a representative of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources attended the meeting to offer information on current wastewater treatment regulations.
Paul Duncan, Exeter wastewater treatment plant supervisor, also offered information on how the city sewer system operates.
"I wish we would have had more residents at the hearing," said Eisenbraun. "It was very informative, and those who came understood our need for an increase after hearing all the information."
The Missouri Rural Water Association is currently conducting a sewer rate study for the city. After the council receives the results of the study, the aldermen will discuss how much the rate should be increased.
Eisenbraun said that the council hopes to receive the rate study information prior to its next council meeting on Feb. 14.
Exeter's base sewer rate is currently set at $14 per month. The city also charges a $2.40 per 1,000 gallons usage charge for sewer services.