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Final reading of electric hike on agenda

Council also to hold public hearing on CDBG application

November 5, 2012
Anne Blankenship ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

The City Council of Webster City Monday night will hear the third and final reading of a proposed ordinance to increase the electric base rates for utility customers.

The proposed ordinance that would raise the base rate by 20 percent, or about $3.80 for residential customers. City Manager Ed Sadler brought the City Council three options raise just the base charge by 20 percent to come up with a 5 percent increase overall; raise the kilowatt hour charge by 6.75 percent or both the base and kilowatt hour charges could be increased by 5 percent.

"Over the last two years, we've gotten increases from Corn Belt Power Cooperative that we've chosen not to pass along. We absorbed about a 5 percent rate increase about a year ago; this year we tried to absorb another 5 percent through budget cuts," said Sadler at the last meeting. The city is looking to cover that five percent or $475,000.

Two public hearings are also on the agenda. The first, at 7:15 p.m., concerns the submission of a Community Development Block Grant application for housing rehabilitation. The second hearing will look at proposed changed to the code of ordinances, amending certain chapters pertaining to zoning as it relates to definitions, allowable uses and new requirements for certain uses necessitating a development agreement.

Other items on the agenda, include:

An agreement with the Central Iowa RSVP North to rent office space in Senior Citizens Building.

A request from Delores Bolden on the sump pump late fee on her utility bill.

A resolution accepting and approving the minor subdivision plat of Lehman's addition in Hamilton County.

A contract for tree grinding at the tree/brush drop off site.

Authorization for the city manager it issue a notice to proceed to Electrolux Major Appliances for the abandonment of property located at 400 Des Moines St.

A motion on the request to purchase new I-Record interview room recording system for the Police Department.



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