BONIFAY - City of Bonifay held the first reading of Ordinance 389 during the July 29 meeting, to raise the water and sewer rates effective as of Oct. 1, 2014 and to raise by three percent every year for three years when the city will revisit the rates.
For residents within the city limits the water rates will increase from $10 per 2,000 gallons or less to $11; residents outside the city limits 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 the sewer rates will increase from $27 per 5,000 gallons or less to $29.70; residents outside the city limits from $35 to $38.50; commercial 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.
The final reading and adoption of Ordinance 389 will take place at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
·Council held a final reading and approved of Ordinance 388, which prohibits "the disposal of certain items on public streets, public property, public waterways or public drainage ditches within the city limits of Bonifay" that could "cause an undesirable effect on the City's sewer system," "cause damage to private as well as public property," or "poses a threat to the health, welfare and safety of the citizens of Bonifay, the City's property and its Citizens' property."
·Council agreed to take into consideration Executive Director Terry Joseph of the Northwest Florida Regional Planning Council's invitation for the City of Bonifay to become a member of the planning commission in the amount of $587.59. Joseph explained the planning commission helps in rural transportation programs, SHIP, brown field cleaning assistance, land use planning, comprehensive plan updating and many other services to "benefit" the City.
·Council was informed that the landowner of Panhandle Title was considering blocking off his side entrance from Virginia Avenue to expand private parking to the area between Panhandle Title and the Holmes County Times-Advertiser. After much discussion the Council found no reason to contend with the owner's decision, remarking that employees and visitors to the Holmes County Times-Advertiser can park in front of the building or utilize the large parking facility just off of Pennsylvania Avenue. Attorney Lucas Taylor said there was a very small alleyway owned by the City just a few feet to the side of the Holmes County Times-Advertiser, but was closed to the public by the City several years ago to avoid any issues of liability.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Bonifay City Council will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 11.