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Aldermen approve first reading of ordinances increasing base of water and sewer rates

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Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 2:03 pm

The Mountain Grove Board of Aldermen approved the first reading of two ordinances dealing with a water and sewer rate base increase. The proposed rate increases were to the base rates. The ordinances were approved by a 7-1 vote with alderman Jim Dewitt voting no.

The ordinance indicates that  for the first 1,000 gallons, the minimum base charge will be $8.50. It was indicated that the current base rate for water is $6.96.

The proposed sewage ordinance change states that “the monthly rates for sewage service furnished or available through the city’s sanitary sewage system shall be based upon the quantity of water used and shall be measured by the water meter or meters installed on the premises served or for which service is available. Such rates shall be as follows: 1) for the first 1,000 gallons of water used $6.”

The current base rate for sewer is $5.

The Board also approved a resolution adopting the Wright County multi-jurisdictional local hazard mitigation plan. The plan assists with  establishing emergency planning efforts, and outlines responsibilities for the various agencies. An adopted local hazard mitigation plan is required as a condition of future funding for mitigation projects under multiple FEMA-pre and post disaster mitigation grant programs.

The aldermen approved an ordinance “authorizing the city of Mountain Grove to enter into a lease purchase transaction. The proceeds of which will be used to pay the costs of certain repairs and improvements to city hall and other city properties.”

Alderman Dewitt informed the Board that last week two more tractor-trailer trucks were in the residential neighborhood east of the industrial park. The city has passed ordinances restricting this area and not allowing tractor-trailer units to enter.  It was explained that the trucks many times enter the residential neighborhood because that is the route they are directed by their GPS units, and there are truckers that may only pick up a load at the Mountain Grove location one time and don’t learn the proper way to enter the facility. It was also pointed out that the company in the industrial park that they are attempting to reach do not dispatch the trucks and have attempted to have the GPS route changed. Signs are in place, but the truckers do not see the signs until they are already turned into the residential area. Signs are scheduled to be placed on the highway, but the Missouri Highway Department is responsible for setting these signs.

It was recommended that residents call the police at the time a truck is in the neighborhood.