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Water Rates Continued from Page 3 It was then discussed that the lowest rate possible be increased to four dollars. The discussion concerning the increase to four dollars was how to notify the large water users of what would be a quick increase. Mayor Fuhrer said that the noti- fication of the increase could be in a letter mailed with Feb- ruary bills advising of what the bill would increase to in March of this year. Some members of the Council questioned estab- lishing a large increase in such a short period of time and what affect that would have on large water users. A lot of calculating was done and here are the fig- ures that were thrown out con- cerning what large water users (250,000 to 300,000 gallons per month) are facing. Accord- ing to one figure large water users are now paying a bill for between $200 and $228. If the step increases are even elimi- nated and the lowest possible rate is $3.64 then large water users will see their, bill go up to $800-$1000 a month. And that would be an immediate increase starting in March. These figures are subject to review because the calculating that was done during the meeting was kind of by the seat of your pants. Now, if that lowest possible rate is set at four dollars or more the monthly water bill for large users will jump even higher than $800-$1000 a month. Residential water customers that use less than 5000 gallons of water per month will not see a change in their water bills at this time. Bud Mason said that the Council has to consider that 1/10 of water usage per day is by one customer of the city water department. Since no agreement was reached as to eliminating the discounted steps and setting the lowest possible rate at $3.64 the Council will again review this at the January 27 meeting. Mayor Fuhrer has urged the Council to act at the January 27 meeting and increase the water rates on large water users. In other business - City Treas. Jim Sutton reported income to the city between December 10 and Jan- uary 13 was $70,451.10. Greg Gustafson gave an update to the Council concem- ing the water tower and force main work. As for the water tower plans of been distributed to possible contractors. As of the night of the meeting, three inquiries had been made for more detailed plans. The schedule calls for a late February bid opening date for the work to be done on the water towered this year. Force main work is at this time a matter of paperwork between the city and the Cana- dian National Railway. Greg said the city is working to meet the railroads schedule on paper- work and said that the railroad Agriculture Scholarships - Rural Community Improvement Grants to be Awarded Nearly $50,000 of agriculture scholarships and rural com- munity improvement grants will be awarded to central and southem Illinois youth later this spring. 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