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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 24, 2014

Wayland raises water rates

By Trisha Phelps | Jul 18, 2014

WAYLAND – Though it was a relatively short meeting for the Wayland City Council, the city leaders made some important decisions Wednesday night.
The first big agenda item for the council was the second reading of an ordinance raising the rates and charges for water services. The council approved the second reading and waived the third reading.
The ordinance calls for a charge to be levied of $12 for each water meter or each dwelling unit of each commercial enterprise, whether for profit or not for profit.
According to the ordinance, an additional charge of $6 will be made for each 1,000 gallons of water, or any fractional part thereof. In no case shall the minimum service charge for the water system service be less than $12 per month, states the ordinance.
Outside of the city limits, a charge shall be levied of $20.50 for each water meter or each dwelling unit or commercial enterprise on the premises serviced by the city water system. An additional charge of $8.50 per 1,000 gallons of water, or any fractional part there of, shall be levied for water measured through each water meter which serves the premises, states the ordinance.
Current water rates are $11.05 for the in-town set base fee and $4.50 per 1,000 gallons. For out-of-town users, $19 is the set fee with $6.40 per 1,000 gallons of water usage.
City officials attempted to keep the public informed of the possible rate increase; however, there didn’t seem to be much of an outcry from Wayland’s citizens.
“We had sent letters before even starting the ordinance process and heard very little from anyone,” said City Clerk Bev Conrad.
“I haven’t heard anything,” stated councilwoman Melinda Ullery.
The second big-ticket item was the announcement and acceptance of the City of Wayland being awarded a $282,992 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program from the Iowa Economic Development Authority.
“Now we will start the process and have the meetings and all that,” said Conrad, after the city officially accepted the grant.
The city had requested $283,992, but was awarded $1,000 short of their request.
“I’m not sure where they got the $282,992 number, but it must have just been the way the funds were split up,” said Conrad.
According to the grant contract, the money will be disbursed to Wayland for purposes primarily benefitting low- and moderate-income persons, eliminating slums and blight or meeting community development needs having particular urgency.
Also during the meeting, the council approved the following building permits:
reroofing a house at 116 N. Madison St.;
move in storage shed at 307 S. Meyer Ln.;
reroof house at 308 W. Main St.;
reroof house at 610 Northridge Ct.;
reroof house at 506 N. Washington St.
The next Wayland city council meeting will be at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday Aug. 6, at Wayland City Hall.

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