Witt Council Approves Water Rate Increase

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Witt City Council held a special meeting on Saturday morning, Sept. 26. Present were Mayor James VanOstran, City Clerk Nancy Hughes, and alderman John Bauerle, David Cearlock, Jay Martin and Tim Taylor.

The council members discussed raising the city’s monthly water service fee by one dollar. The increase would raise the service fee from $6.50 per month to $7.50 per month. Alderman Martin made a motion to raise the monthly service fee by one dollar, with Cearlock seconding the motion. All present voted in favor.

The decision to raise the service charge comes after the council learned the city’s incoming water revenue was under the margin that must be met to qualify for a grant to help finance the interconnect line needed to hook into EJ Water Cooperative’s water line.

Saturday’s special meeting was set during the council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Prior to their regular meeting the aldermen had met with engineer Lee Beckman, P.E., P. L. S., Milano and Grunloh Engineers, LLC, (not EJ Water Cooperative representative Eric Emmerich as previously reported) where they discovered the city would need to raise their water service fee to increase their grant eligibility.

Also needing to be corrected, the council voted in favor of increasing salaries for the mayor, alderman, treasurer, fire chief and city clerk during their Tuesday, Sept. 22, meeting. These changes will not go into effect until the start of the new terms, next year.

The city clerk’s salary will be increased by $34.33 per month, mayor position will be increased to $250 per month, treasurer to $300 a month, and alderman and the fire chief positions will increase to $50 per month.

Trick-or-Treat hours have been set for Friday, Oct. 30 and Friday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. The council is unsure if Envision Witt plans to hold their Trunk or Treat event this year. 

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