Esto approves final reading to raise water rates

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM.

ESTO — The Esto Town Council approved the final reading and held a public hearing of an ordinance to increase the town’s water rates on Tuesday, May 7.

The rates will increase to $19 inside town limits and $21 outside the town limits for the first 3,000 gallons and $4 per thousand gallons over 3,000 gallons as well as $1 per month per meter for fire protection, $125 for security deposits, $200 for connection fees and $500 for tap-in fees.

The rates will take effect immediately and will be reflected on the statements mailed out in June.

Landowner Brady Well Brady Well made an offer to sell his property to the town for $36,000. The property has been used by visitors as extra parking during the Two-Toe Tom Festival.

Town Clerk Jody Sellers informed the council that the property was appraised at $7,500.

“I suggest we send him a letter letting him know we appreciate him for letting us use it for the festival and at the present time it is not in our budget,” said Chairman Danny Powell. “However, we are interested and if we have enough in our budget by the next festival we’ll make him a substantial offer.”

The council also discussed their current maintenance man, due to the fact that his one-year raise was up for review.

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