Riverside increases water rates
by ELSIE HODNETT
RIVERSIDE — The City Council approved an ordinance increasing water rates at its Tuesday meeting.

“The across-the-board average increase is $4.14 a month in the city limits, and $6.07 a month outside city limits,” Mayor Rusty Jessup said.

Jessup said the increase brings Riverside water rates closer to that of neighboring cities of similar size.

The city last raised its water rates in 2008, which went into effect in 2009. The current increase will go into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

Jessup said the increased rates will also help the city pay for upgrades to its water system. Proposed upgrades include replacing 8-inch water lines with 10-inch lines, and the installation of either radio meters or satellite meters, which will reduce the man-hours needed to complete meter readings each month.

The council also approved an ordinance amending the issuance fee for business licenses. Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, the processing fee will increase from $10 to $12.

In other matters Tuesday, the council:

• Appointed Bob Graham to the Riverside Planning and Zoning Board as the mayor’s designee for a four-year term.

• Appointed Wayne Dill as an alternate to the city’s Variance Board for a four-year term.

• Announced the city’s cleanup dumpster is available Dec. 5-12.

• Announced the Riverside Toys for Kids recent roadblock fundraiser was a success. The final roadblock is set for Dec. 15 and the program needs to raise approximately $1,200 more.

• Announced a pre-bid meeting for the Well No. 2 Project at 1 p.m. today at City Hall.

• Councilman Frank Riddle announced that as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, there were no water leaks in Riverside for the first time in many years.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.

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