Aldermen Marvin Viloria and Jason Osbourne, Attorney John Russell and Mayor Jerry Potterfield hear concerns from residents during the November 5 City Council Meeting held in counsel chambers.

The City Council met on November 5, hearing concerns from resident and utility customer, Kent Cheek. Cheek addressed the council requesting the Board of Alderman review their new ordinance to increase water and sewer bills with a base rate increase.

Cheek stated during Open Forum, “I would like the council to consider only increasing a customer’s utilities at one residence. I own two addresses in town and am being charged double the increase. I would like to request a review for property owners with more than one account.”

Alderman Rusty Rothweiler stated, “I understand your concern. I have to pay for more than one address too. This is something we had to do in order to be able to provide services. We held a Public Hearing for this ordinance and no one attended raising any concerns.”

The ordinance, passed on October 22, after a Public Hearing was held, passed a base rate increase to every utility account. Utility customers seen a $20 increase on their water bill and a $10 increase on their sewer bill.

The next scheduled city council meeting is Thursday, November 19 at 6 p.m. The Board of Aldermen normally meet at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at City Hall, 109 Second Street.  If the first meeting night of the month falls on the first or second day, the meetings for that month are held on the second and fourth Thursdays.  The Board may also change a meeting date at a prior meeting due to scheduling conflicts.  Board of Aldermen meetings are open to the public.  Citizens have an opportunity to express their concerns and give their input at the open forum which is normally the second item on the agenda right after the consent agenda. It is suggested that you advise City Hall of the matter that you wish to discuss with the Board of Aldermen at least two days prior to the meeting so that research (if needed) may be performed prior to the meeting.  If you do not know what ward you are in or have questions or concerns, please contact City Hall at (573)735- 4585.