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Westmorland council considering water, wastewater rate increases

May 01, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — This city might have to raise water and wastewater rates in response to a recent survey conducted regarding the new municipal plants being built.

During the council meeting starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, city consultant Joel Hamby will give the council his recommendations on the potential rate increase.

Mayor Henry Halcon said the federal grants allotted to the city to build the water and wastewater plants required that a survey be done. The survey suggested a raise in rates might be needed.

Halcon said Hamby will give his recommendation on whether to raise rates or cut spending on certain items at the plant.

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Hamby was not available for comment Monday.

Also on the agenda will be the issue of the closing of C and Third streets and C and Second streets during school hours.

Halcon said the city wants to close those streets for about two hours in the mornings when students are on their way to school and in the afternoons when students are leaving school.

The city made a recommendation to the Westmorland Union School District on the possible hours the streets could be closed but had not yet received a response.

The school district's interim superintendent, Linda Morse, she is not aware of any reccomendations from the city.

Halcon said if the council doesn't receive a response it will table the item until the next council meeting.

Halcon will talk about having an Imperial Irrigation District pay station at City Hall.

Halcon said during the last council meeting he thought it would be good to have a pay station at City Hall. The city would collect $1 from each transaction at the City Hall station.

"I think it's a big service to the city and very affordable. We need to bring more income. It's not a lot but every little bit counts," said Halcon.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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