Council to consider increasing wastewater rates

BY JEFF SWANSON
Daily Press writer
An increase in wastewater rates for Craig residents will be on the table tonight at City Hall as the Craig City Council meets for the first time in 2002.
The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers.
The Council will hear the second, and final, reading of Ordinance 907, which would increase residential water rates to reflect the increase in operating costs for the city's water department, according to the 2001 city budget.
In city customers will see a 60 cent jump in monthly service rates, increasing from $14.20 to $14.80.
An increase for usage would also be added with the passing of the ordinance, with a 6 cent increase for every 1,000 gallons of water used.
That cost would increase from $1.50 per 1,000 gallons of water used to $1.56 per 1,000 gallons.
The average residential customer in Craig uses 10,000 gallons of water a month, according to Water Department Director Bill Earley.
"What we are also looking at is what other municipalities are paying for their water service," City Manager Jim Ferree said. "We have a higher cost than a lot of them, and that is something that we really need to take a look at. What is of utmost importance, though, is that we get the water department back to the point where it is at least breaking even."
In other business, the Council will also:
Award a bid to lease two vehicles for the Craig Police Department.
Hear Resolution No. 1, which would designate a public place for posting notice of any meeting as required under the open meetings law.
Consider approving an out-of-city water use agreement for Ronald and Linda Davis for Lot 2, Country Meadows Minor Subdivision, and Robert J. and Shelli K. Shevling for Lot 3, Country Meadows Minor Subdivision.
Consider an intergovernmental agreement between the city of Craig and the Colorado River Water Conservation District regarding the Elkhead expansion project.
Hold a discussion on the Welcome to Craig signs.

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