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Cost of Living adjustment raises water, sewer bills

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Water and sewer rates will increase in the Town of Huntingdon after the second reading of an ordinance on Aug. 25. The 2.9 percent increase is due to the annual automatic cost of living adjustment. In 2018 council members passed an ordinance to this effect.

Inside the city the minimum water monthly usage based on meter size: 5/8” is $13.43; 1” is $35.72; 1 ½” is $71.41; 2” is $114.27; 3” is $499.94 and 4” is $1,428.39. The volume usage is $4.05 per 1,000 gallons.

Water rates outside the corporate limits for the minimum monthly usage based on 5/8” meter is $17.67 with volume usage set at $5.63 per 1,000 gallons.

The minimum sewer rates inside the city limits per meter is: 5/8” is $13.42; 1” is $33.56; l ½” is $67.11; 2” is $107.38; 3” is $469.74; 4” is $1,342.10. Volume usage is $6.36 per 1,000 gallons.

Outside the city limits sewer usage for the minimum monthly amount is $16.77 for a 5/8” meter. The volume usage is $7.87 per 1,000 gallons.

Council members approved the issuance of a $150,000 State Revolving Drinking Water Fund that will be used for utility projects. The term of the note is five years at a nine percent interest rate. The form will be submitted to the state comptroller’s office for approval.

J.R. Wauford & Co. will provide engineering services for the design of a water system improvements project for an automated meter reading system, waterline replacement on East Main St., and water service extension on Highway 77. The total contract cost is $225,000 with a portion being paid by the SRF Planning Loan and the remaining from the SFR Construction Loan.

In another matter, Kim Pearson was given approval for the use of Veterans Park on Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon for the remainder of the fall.

Mayor Dale Kelley told council members that that the Industrial Development Board enjoyed a tour and lunch at the new Dynamix facility located in the Industrial Park South on Highway 22 on Aug. 11. Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers transported the board members in the 24 passenger bus owned by the town.

The mayor also noted that the 28th Heritage Festival has been cancelled due to the COVID and current guidelines in order to protect the community and town employees.

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