BONIFAY - Bonifay City Council approved the final reading and adoption of Ordinance 389, which will increase the water and sewer rates effective Oct. 1.
For residents within the city limits, water rates will increase from $10 per 2,000 gallons or less to $11; residents outside the city limits will see an increase from $14.30 to $16.23; commercial within the city limits from $13 to $14.30 and commercial outside the city limits from $15.50 to $17.05; with a $2 additional charge per 1,000 gallons over and above 2,000 gallons.
For residents within the city limits, sewer rates will increase from $27 per 5,000 gallons or less to $29.70; residents outside the city limits will be raised from $35 to $38.50; commercial customers within the city limits from $37 to $40.70; and commercial outside the city limits from $43.20 to $47.52; with an additional $3 per 1,000 gallons over and above 5,000 gallons.
In other action, the council:
· Approved Miranda Hudson's request on behalf of the Bonifay Kiwanis Club to hold a 5K Bull Run and Fun Run, starting at 8 a.m. on Oct. 4, at Middlebrooks Park. All proceeds will go to Wounded Warriors. For more information, contact Hudson at 850-373-5003.
· Approved the city's joining of the West Florida Regional Planning Council. Membership dues are $587.59 and will entitle the city to assistance paving roads. A list of roads in need of paving has already been submitted.
· Voted to close the water park at Middlebrooks Park Monday until repairs are completed. The park is expected to reopen next summer.
· Discussed ways to improve the condition of McGee Road's sidewalk and considered extending the sidewalk to State Road 90.
· Heard advisement from City Attorney Lucas Taylor to revamp the approval process for Ordinance 388, which deals with the proper disposal of yard clippings and debris and enforcement. Taylor informed council there are inconsistencies with the first and second reading, with penalties added in the document for second reading in regards to penalties. Taylor was advised on the new content, which will be brought to the council at the next meeting for the process to begin anew.
Council will hold a budget workshop at 6 p.m. on Aug. 21 and the regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 25.