Archive for Thursday, September 9, 2004

Baldwin could soon see increase in water rates

September 9, 2004

Baldwin rate payers can expect to soon pay a little more for water.

The Baldwin City Council had the first reading at Tuesday's meeting of an ordinance that would raise the city's water rate from $5.36 to $5.50 per 100 cubic feet -- a 2.6-percent increase. The council will decide whether to approve the ordinance at its Sept. 20 meeting.

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City Administrator Jeff Dingman said the change was because of a 14-cent-per-1,000-gallons increase the city will incur from Lawrence for treated water.

"This is driven by an increase in the water treatment fees by the city of Lawrence," Dingman said.

Council Member Ken Wagner said the city is not increasing costs any more than what Baldwin will be paying Lawrence.

"This is strictly a pass-through to the rate payers of the city of Baldwin. We're subject to increases by the city of Lawrence," he said. "For us not to agree to an increase basically means the water utility would go in the hole."

The council will also have to decide whether to approve an 8-percent increase to the city's wholesale customers -- Douglas County Rural Water District No. 4, Wellsville and Edgerton -- at its next meeting.

In other business, the city council:

  • Approved in a 5-0 vote the purchase of a 2005 Crown Victoria patrol car from Olathe Ford for $21,000.
  • Approved in a 5-0 vote to award an asphalt overlay contract to Killough Construction for 3,923 tons of asphalt at a cost of $30.50 per ton, a total of a little more than $119,500. The asphalt will be used to pave several city streets.
  • Approved in a 4-1 vote to allow the Friends of the Baldwin City Fire Department use of the fire department during the Maple Leaf Festival for booths. Wagner voted against the motion because he said he wanted to know specifically what the money would be used for that was raised from the booths.

"They're earning that money by leasing out a city asset," he said. "I'd like to know where the money goes."

Council Member Amy Cleavinger said it wasn't any different than allowing the Maple Leaf Festival committee to use city streets and other entities during the festival.

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