The rate hike will be considered by the council at a later date and will have no effect on wastewater charges, according to Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith.
At the council meeting Tuesday, June 3, Griffith recommended the council consider a 22-cent increase per 1,000 gallons for residential customers and a 32-cent increase per 1,000 gallons for wholesale customers.
The average homeowner would likely see a $1.10 to $2.20 increase on water bills based on 5,000- to 10,000-gallon-per-month usage, he said.
Griffith also recommended making the rate hike effective early in October.
The water fund will pay off a 1981 bond in October, and the money normally used for bond payments, along with the the rate hike, will help make payments for the improvements to the plant and would allow the city to contribute to reserve funds set aside to pay for future improvements.
The engineer the city consulted recommended setting aside $40,000 per year in the reserve fund, but Griffith said he wanted to keep the rate hike as low as possible, especially considering electric rates were raised recently, and recommended setting aside a little more than $24,000 per year for future needs.
The $400,000 lease-purchase agreement has a 15-year term at 4.8 percent interest, according to Griffith.
In other business, the council agreed to help city workers hit in the pocketbook by rising gas prices by linking its mileage reimbursement rate to the rate offered by the state of Missouri, a step also taken recently by the Saline County Health Department.
The current state rate is 47.5 cents per mile.
Gas prices in Slater the night of the meeting were $3.79 per gallon.
Mayor Stephen Allegri also put local teens on notice, announcing that police officers will be asking young people to move along if they are hanging around at the city parks or downtown.
Allegri said the city has had problems recently with people throwing trash in the swimming pool, trashing restrooms and causing other mischief.
"I really hate to do this," Allegri said. "I know kids need to have a place to go. But this council is working hard to make Slater one of the cleanest towns in the state. We all need to work together."
Allegri said he would be glad to talk with teens about solutions to the problem.
All council members were present at the meeting. The next regular council meeting will be Tuesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. in city hall.
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