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City plans for future water project
City council passes resolution for rate hikes
ENTERPRISE — Facing major improvements to the city’s water system, the Enterprise City Council passed two resolutions in preparation at its Monday meeting.
The council approved Resolution 573 to be in compliance with a loan application being submitted by the city for its water improvement project that requires a five-year plan for rate increases. City Administrator Michele Young said in a memo to the council that the project, which should be completed in late 2016 or early 2017, would increase water storage and pressure throughout the city.
The first rate increase will go into effect July 1. The rate of $36.85 would be fully implemented by Jan. 1, 2015, and a 2 percent cost of living adjustment increase would go into effect each subsequent July.
Young’s memo said this plan can be changed if needed, but a plan needs to be in place so that the loan agency can see that the city is able to make its debt payments and the public knows what will be implemented.
Another resolution — 574 — addressed collecting unpaid water fees. Young said overall accounts receivable is in good shape, but the city has some outstanding bills with a few rentals.
“We are enforcing the city’s policy by making landlords or property managers responsible for uncollected bills if the water user is unable to pay,” Young said. “Most landowners take care of it but some we are having collection problems, so we added this policy.”
The city also increased the deposit from $100 to $125 to open a water account and increased the connection fees from $1,200 to $1,500.
A letter dated Jan. 3 from the city’s attorney, Roland Johnson, said in 2009 Enterprise selected Anderson and Perry & Associates to do engineering work and prepare the water system master plan. In its Monday meeting, the council agreed to retain the service of Anderson Perry and Associates to complete the design work for the city’s water improvement project.
“If the engineer is involved with planning a project we don’t have to go through another (request for proposal) process, but we still have to negotiate the scope of services and fees,” Young said.
Young said the selection for contractors lies with the public contracting code and that Anderson Perry will help the city go out for bid for all the services.