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June 24, 2014

Water rate hike on table today

DUNCAN — The Duncan City Council is scheduled vote today on an increase in water rates.

The city water rates were last increased in 2011 to pay for the remainder of Duncan’s water storage rights in Waurika Lake, but that increase has not generated sufficient money to make the yearly note payment on the $9 million cost.

  City Manager Jim Frieda has proposed a $5 monthly surcharge on each water meter in the city that would remain effect at least 18 months.

  An alternative proposal Frieda offered would include a $3 monthly meter surcharge and a $2 increase in the base water rate.

  The water rate increase is designed to keep the city from draining its operational budget on the Waurika Lake payments.

   The council will meet at 5:15 P.M. today in the council chambers at the police department, 18 S. 7th Street.

   In other matters the council:

   Vote to approve the presentation of service awards to police officers who have gone above and beyond their duties to serve the community. Officers to be recognized are Lt. David Woods, Sgt. Steve Biffle, Officer Suzannahe Wier, Lt. John Webb, Sgt. Layle Baker, Officer Brian Eades, Officer Leland Parker, Lt. Bart Riley and Officer Julio Alvarez.

   Will vote on a resolution in favor of a 48-unit affordable housing development for seniors west of Chisholm Drive and east of Randall Avenue and 19th Street. The developer, Cornerstone Associates, LLC,  is seeking tax credits with the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency. A favorable resolution from the city must accompany the applicaiton for tax credits.

  Will vote on a $25,000 engineering study of the city’s water treatment plant and distribution system to address revised water quality regulations.

  Approve the city manager’s appointment of Allen Phipps to the Lakes Commission.

  Renew the lease of the city’s building at 702 W. Willow to Christians Concerned for $10 per year. The nonprofit organization uses the building to assist families and individuals in financial need.

 

   

 

 

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