Exeter City Council increases sewer rates

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Exeter City Council approved a sewer rate increase at a special meeting on Feb. 24.

Larry VanGilder, of the Missouri Rural Water Association, presented the aldermen with a wastewater rate analysis, which he and the city staff completed over the last few months. The report included a repair and replacement schedule for the wastewater treatment facility and upgrades that need to be completed to address inflow and infiltration of storm water.

VanGilder recommended that the council increase the city's sewer rates from $2.50 per 1,000 gallons of usage to $5 per 1,000 gallons of usage. He also recommended that the basic sewer fee remain at $14.

The aldermen approved both recommendations.

During its regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 16, the council also approved an increase to the city trash rates. Exeter contracts with Allied Waste to provide trash collection services.

Allied Waste recently notified the city of the following rate increases: curb service will increase from $12.05 to $12.37; cart rental fees will increase from $2.41 to $2.47; and bag service will increase from $2.33 to $2.39.

The aldermen voted to increase the city's trash service rates to $12.50 for curb service, $2.50 for cart rental and $2.40 for bag service.

In other business, the Exeter City Council:

* Voted to discontinue the practice of utilizing reserve officers.

* Heard that Mayor Rusty Reed will research the costs associated with installing a new water line at the Mahaffey Addition.

* Reviewed the bank balances, approved the bank reconcilations and voted to pay the January bills as presented.

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