Mayor makes appointments, board may raise water rates

Linda Trest

At a meeting of the Board of Aldermen last Thursday, Cary Parker appointed all new members to the Board of Adjustment. The members and the year their appointments expire are: Edna Weatherford, 2019; Roger Nelsen, 2020; Howard Haase, 2021; Jerry Crocker, 2022; and Bob Unnerstall, 2018, but he will be reappointed for another five-year term. 

The Board of Adjustments is an appeal board. A decision made in a zoning request or a nuisance ordinance can be appealed to this board if desired. It has been several years since the board has been filled. The board unanimously approved the mayor’s appointments. 

Tina Bauguess was also approved as the newest member to the Planning and Zoning Board. Bauguess had served in the past as the aldermanic representative. When she chose not to run for re-election, she was replaced by new alderman Kent Richardson. With Bauguess’ appointment, the seven-man board now has five members. Two more residents are needed to fill the spots.

The aldermen all received a comprehensive packet concerning water rates before the meeting. It is expected that water rates will need to be raised in order to meet costs. The increase should not be more than $2 to $3 on the average bill. Those who use only the minimum rate, under 1,500 gallons, may even see a slight decrease in their bill. 

The issue was tabled to a special meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m.

Increasing the application and permit fees for planning and zoning was also tabled until the special meeting. The increase in fees was recommended to the aldermen by the Planning & Zoning Board. Currently, the fees collected do not cover the administrative costs of handling the requests.