Butterfield approves water project payments

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Butterfield City Council has made significant strides in paying for the city's water system improvements over the past few weeks.

At the November meeting of the city council, approval was given for payments of $52,443 to Lathrop Construction; $1,114.50 to Asbury Land and Title; and $12,283.25 to Simmons Engineering.

Additional payments of $437,932.99 to Lathrop Construction; $24,908.52 to Simmons Engineering; $491.10 to Gilbert Law Firm; and $4,750 to Gilmore and Bell were approved in December.

Funds for the project come from United States Department of Agriculture grants and loans and a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

The new water main has been connected to the water storage tower and controls set in the new well house.

In December, aldermen also approved raising rates for water, sewer and trash services for consumers.

The water system base cost was raised from $25 to $27 her month, a move that will help offset chemical and repair costs. Water rates have not been increased since 2008. Sewer base rates were also raised from $41 to $43 per month.

Trash disposal rates were raised from $11.39 per household to $12.03, with the administrative fee going up from $.90 to $1.25 per month.

In other business, aldermen approved:

* Parts for the city's snow plow.

* Replacement parts for the city's water system leaks in the main line on Sixth Street.

* Purchase of narrow band radios for the police department, a battery for the flashlight and training for officers.

* Approved a request from Linda Tully concerning the removal and replacement of a mobile home on a city lot.

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