Wapello City Council Amends Ordinance to Increase Water and Sewer Tariffs
WAPELLO – The third and final reading of amendments to ordinances that will increase water tariffs and lower sewage tariffs in Wapello were approved by city council on Thursday.
Based on previous discussions and council action, the city’s current residential rate of $ 9.91 for the first 2,000 gallons of water used will be increased from $ 2.44 to $ 12.35.
The minimum monthly charge for each residential customer will be $ 12.35.
The residential rate for water use in the first 2,000 will drop from $ 4.74 per 1,000 gallons currently to $ 6.97.
Other increases will include:
- Non-residential: base rate of $ 10.62 to $ 13.34 and use above 2,000 gallons from $ 6.16 / 1,000 gallons to $ 7.53 per 1,000 gallons;
- Outside city limits Residential: base rate from $ 15.85 to $ 19.76 and over 2,000 gallons from $ 7.58 to $ 11.15;
- Outside city limits Non-residential: base rate from $ 16.99 to $ 21.34 and over 2,000 gallons from $ 9.85 to $ 12.04.
Council also approved third reading of an amendment that will lower the city’s sewer rate from the current 220% of the net water bill to 170% of the water bill.
The new rates will take effect on July 1.
City officials have previously said the sewer bill does not need to be increased, while the water tariff is being adjusted to help pay for a castle painting and repair project. of water of $ 192,000.
The board also acted on this plan at Thursday’s meeting.
Following a public hearing in which no comments were presented, the council approved an agreement with the State Bank of Wapello which will provide a loan to cover the cost of the project.
The annual loan interest rate is 1.35%.
In a brief discussion on the painting project ahead of the vote, Mayor Pro-tem Brett Shafer said he heard some townspeople question the reason for the proposed painting ‘Capital of the World’ on the second line under the name of the city on the tower.
City Councilor Larry Wagg said the phrase came from area residents who left to fight during World War II.
Shafer stressed that the painting would not be done immediately, so city officials still have time to consider any decision.
In another action involving a separate amendment, council also approved the third and final reading of an ordinance banning the burning of yard waste from May through March. Burning would be permitted in April, with some restrictions. This amendment was the result of past efforts by city council to allow for a spring burning season.
The advice also:
- Approved the closure of streets around North End Park for this year’s Wapello Pro Rodeo event. The 3:30 pm to post-rodeo street closures will affect the same streets as the 2019 rodeo. This year’s event is scheduled for July 16-17;
- Approved the transfer of $ 23,774 from the Sewer Fund to debt service for a street sweeper payment to the State Bank of Wapello; and a transfer of $ 7,750 from the Water Fund and a transfer of $ 7,750 from the Sewer Fund, both to the Debt Service Fund, to cover an obligation payment in 2012;
- Agreed to hire nine lifeguards for the community pool;
- Meeting with the new CEO of Louisa Development Group, Cole Smith.