Ordinance requires second reading, public hearing before taking effect

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:44 PM.

ESTO — The Esto Town Council approved of the first reading of Ordinance 13-01 during their April 2 meeting, which will increase the water rates in Esto beginning in May, following the second and final reading a public hearing.

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.

“I’m actually disappointed no one showed up for the public hearing,” said Town Clerk Jody Sellers. “You’d think people would want to be more involved in what’s going on with their town.”

Chairman Danny Powell said that landowner Brady Well made an offer to sell his property to the town, which has been used by visitors as extra parking during the Two-Toe Tom Festival.

“He’s wanting $36,000 for two acres because it’s considered in town,” said Powell. “It’s nice of him to let us use his property for the festival but it is well over-priced.”

The council agreed to table the offer until the next meeting.

Sellers informed the council that they have negotiated with the town’s auditor to reduce his invoice from $10,000 to $9,000, which would mean that the town would only had $3,000 left owed and the town approved to pay in increments of $500 a month until it was paid.

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