Shelbyville City Council: Water rate increase gets 2nd reading

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By Todd Martin

The Shelbyville City Council will wrap up 2012 with a meeting on Thursday by hearing the second reading of two ordinances and beginning the process of updating the book of ordinances.

The council will vote on the second reading of an ordinance that will increase water and sewer rates for customers of Shelbyville Municipal Water by 3.85 percent. The increase was approved on first reading at the meeting on Dec. 6. The proposed increase would change a typical residential bill from $19.80 to $20.57.

Manager Tom Doyle said the water company needs the increase “primarily to balance the budget.” He noted increases in disposal fees for pollutants, chemicals and transportation as reasons for the increase.

The changes will also include a $10 fee for insufficient funds on payment by bank draft or check, and increase in the surcharge that businesses pay for going above the normal amount of pollutants allowed for a business waste.

The rate increases would generate approximately $200,000.

Solicitation licenses

The council will discuss the cost of solicitation licenses within the city, with the goal of making the applicants supply more information about themselves and their products. The cost of the license would also double to $50.

Also at the meeting, the council will:

  • Hear the second reading and vote on the changes to the job description for the Police Major.
  • Hear the first reading to update the city’s ordinance, a yearly procedure.
  • Hear an agreement with Commonwealth of Kentucky Statewide Emergency Management Mutual Aid and Assistance, for use in emergency situations.
  • Hear a request from citizens to include Clifton Court in the city road system.
  • Follow the meeting by swearing in the council for 2013, including new member Bob Andriot.