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Ordinance adopted hiking sewer rates 25 percent

July 18, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — An increase in fees for in city sewer service, upgrading of city transportation services and a proposed bicycle and pedestrian path all saw council action at last night's City Council meeting here.

A 25 percent hike in city sewer service rates was approved during a second reading, meaning the ordinance that will raise rates was adopted.

The rate increase will go into effect Aug. 17 with a first billing date of Sept. 1.

The city's dial-a-ride service, contracted to Sunrise Driving Service, received funding not to exceed $20,000 for the purchase of a vehicle equipped for disabled riders.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the service must offer a vehicle equipped with a ramp to accommodate disabled patrons.

The council reviewed plans for a proposed bicycle and pedestrian path from Cattle Call Park to Pat Williams Park.

In May the city approved a contract with Dokken Engineering, of San Diego to design the pedestrian and bicycle path.


The city is providing a 12 percent match for the project in an amount not to exceed $72,150. The California Department of Transportation is providing the rest of the funding for the project.

A public hearing will be staged to allow residents to review the project. The hearing will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

Also at the meeting, the council recognized Public Works employee Alvin Dee Smith for 32 years of work with the city. Smith was presented with a trophy and gift certificate.

Mayor Wayne Johnson said the council plans to honor more employees for what he called employment "milestones."

"The City Council really does appreciate all the hard work our employees put in," Johnson said.

No council meetings are scheduled for August. The council will return to regularly scheduled meetings at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 in council chambers.

Staff Writer Anthony Longoria can be reached at 337-3452.

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