Water rate reduction discussion on council’s Nov. 8 agenda

The Philomath City Council plans to tackle various resolutions and ordinances during its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8. Council members plan to meet through videoconferencing.

Prior to the open meeting, the council will meet at 6 p.m. in executive session to conduct “performance evaluations of public officers and employees.”

Among the discussions will be water rates, which are expected to be lowered in response to the city’s receipt of a $12 million grant from the State Legislature to help pay for a new water treatment plant. The Finance and Administration Committee is recommending to the council that the 3-/4-inch meter residential base water rate be reduced from $24.80 to the 2017 level of $13 per month. In the average residential home, the savings on the utility bill would be about $19 per month.

The implementation of a high-strength discharge sewer rate is also part of the discussion, an action related to the future construction of an approved recreational vehicle park.

Also on the agenda:

• Discussion and possible vote on separate ordinances adopting an Economic Opportunity Analysis and the Housing Needs Analysis as appendixes and support documents to the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

• Discussion of an effectiveness intervention program available through the League of Oregon Cities.

• Discussion of a proposal to award a contract not to exceed $3,500 to the Public Art Ad-Hoc Committee’s selected vendor for design services.

• Discussion and possible vote on separate ordinances adopting amendments to city code related to landscaping, fences, hedges and walls, and industrial zone building standards.

City meetings can be viewed on the city’s Facebook page. To read the full agenda and meeting packet, click here.


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