The Sweet Spring Board of Aldermen met on Tuesday, Dec. 11, to discuss the revised city sticker ordinance, but postponed voting the ordinance into action so it can yet again be rephrased.
The board discussed the wording involving business vehicles, noting that vehicles owned and operated by a business for business purposes only should be exempt from the city sticker requirement.
The ordinance will be drawn up again and discussed at the next meeting.
The mayor also brought to the boards attention that an increase to sewer rates will need to be discussed next month so the city can pay the loan payments needed for a lagoon project.
Sweet Springs did not qualify for any grants to assist with the project because the monthly sewer rates are not two percent of the average annual gross income for residents, set at $25,000.
Mayor Raymond Kinney said the current rates are about $18.97 per month for 5,000 gallons of water for a sewer fee. To qualify for the grant the monthly charge would have to be $41.67 for the same 5,000 gallons.
The solution is to get a low interest loan from the USDA for $790,000 at a 2.75 percent interest rate for 33 years.
The sewer rates would need to be increased by about five dollars per 5,000 gallons of water to make the loan payments. An exact amount will be decided so an ordinance can be written up and discussed at the next meeting.
An ordinance to increase the street excavation fee was passed. The charge will now be $250, but allows for a bond of $250 if the excavator would rather do the repairs themselves.
Nate Lea of the Public Works Department noted that 15 tons of salt and sand have been purchased for winter. Lea also reminded the board if two inches or more of snow are on the ground there is no parking on the emergency snow route. Cars will not be able to park on Bridge, Daisy, Miller, Marshall, Lexington, Spring, Jefferson, Pine, Mulberry, Bruns, Walnut and Ray Streets or on Hospital Drive.
Chad Eckhoff of the Public Works Department reported the water loss for October was down to a little over four percent and barely over eight percent for November.
Applications for the new cycling of funding for the transient guest tax are due by Jan. 31, 2013.
Alderman Tommy Goode gave an update on the comprehensive plan, noting a draft copy was available for the board and for the Planning and Zoning Board.
A Planning and Zoning Board meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. to discuss the plan.
Kevin Lutjen, Will Walker, George Vance and Adam Evans were appointed as reserve police officers.
In closed session, the board decided to appoint James Cupp to a full-time police officer position with a 90 day probation period and he must pass a drug screen.
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Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen approve water rates and flood plain ordinances