Andrews Town Council pulls trigger on ordinance to raise wastewater rates

The Andrews Town Council introduced an ordinance to raise the town’s wastewater rates at its meeting on Monday, May 8.

The board is hopeful, though, that when it votes on the ordinance at its next meeting, May 22, the rate hike will be lower than what is currently proposed.

Steve Brock, of municipal financial consulting firm Therber, Brock & Associates, informed council that he would be petitioning the State Revolving Loan Fund for additional grant money for the town’s wastewater treatment plant project. If he is successful in that regard, the rate increase will be able to be reduced.

The numbers for the rate hike will be finalized by council’s next meeting, which will serve as a public hearing for the rate increase. The hearing is set to begin at 6 p.m., with residents encouraged to ask council members, as well as Brock, any questions they may have about the increase.

Council must raise the wastewater rates before it can finalize financing for the project, which it hopes will commence in mid-July.
In other business:

• The board voted to reduce the scope of the town’s upcoming street paving project. It did so in order to bring the project’s cost, $113,296, in line with the funding it currently has available, which is $92,000.

• The board adopted Ordinance 2017-7, which creates a permit process for individuals seeking to reside in temporary housing in town.

• Julie Newsome, chair of the Andrews Summer Festival, informed council that a flower and plant sale would be held in the parking lot of the Andrews Municipal Building on Friday, May 12, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale is a fund-raiser for the festival.