City of Sweet Springs discusses sewer rate
NOTE: This story was updated at 9:33 a.m. on Feb. 13.
During regular session Monday, Feb. 12, the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen discussed a possible sewer rate increase.
Superintendent of Public Works Nathan Lea said it has been a few years since an increase for the sewer rate was implemented, resulting in increased maintenance of aging equipment. He explained it costs $8,000-$12,000 to repair a pump. Several pumps have failed over the past year due to their ages and more money is needed to keep them running.
"In our yearly budget, I had $3,700 for repairs and maintenance for our sewer system," he said. "I was hoping we could get a rate increase so we can get that where it needs to be," Lea said.
City Clerk Michele Fuehring said the city has used more than $42,000 for sewer repairs and maintenance, which is more than the budgeted $3,700.
She said the city currently receives $103,000 for sewer revenue. A rate increase would net approximately $135,000, which is about $32,000 in additional city revenue.
"We took an average water bill and what we billed out in cubic foot of sewer, and we used those numbers, which is a best guess," she said.
The total bill includes trash, tax, administrative fee and water. The proposed increase being considered is roughly $1 per month.
After a lengthy discussion, Alderman Wyatt Lea said this matter needs to be investigated further before voting on the issue.
The board voted to table the discussion until more figures and information can be gathered.
In other business, a public hearing was scheduled Monday, March 12, at 5:45 p.m. to discuss the 2018-2019 budget.
The board approved the financial report for January 2018, which included bills and transfers in the amount of $58,592.62. Friel said there were additional bills totaling $2,842.31, making the overall bill and transfers total $61,434.93.
All aldermen were present. The next meeting is scheduled Monday, March 12, at 6 p.m.