Charleston residents could see sewer and water rate increase

Lynnsey Veach, Staff Reporter

The community will see an increase in sewer and water rates if the Charleston City Council approves an amendment at Tuesday’s meeting. If the amendment is passed, all metered users within corporate limits except for Eastern, using 1,000 gallons or less will have a new monthly charge of $13.64, rather than the current charge of $13.18.

For the next 9,000 gallons used, citizens would be charged monthly $13.64 per 1,000 gallons, instead of $13.18. If citizens use over 10,000 gallons, the charge would be $13.12 per 1,000 gallons, instead of the current charge of $12.68.

Eastern’s sewer and water rate would be a monthly charge of $13.12 per 1,000 gallons for all usage amounts.

Citizens within corporate limits using only water services currently pay $11.93 monthly for use of 1,000 gallons or less. If passed, users would be charged monthly $12.35 as a minimum charge of 1,000 gallons or less used. For the next 9,000 gallons used, users would be charged $12.35 per 1,000 gallons and $11.35 for the use of 10,000 gallons or more.

The council will be voting on an amendment concerning business and license regulations, which would change the maximum number of licenses issued and in force at any time during the year.

The council will be voting on an authorization of City Manager R. Scott Smith to be allowed to purchase electrical services on the city’s behalf at a time most propitious to the city.

The council will vote to authorize the purchase of a new Ford F-150 for the Charleston Fire Department from a local dealership, Pilson Auto Center. The agreement will authorize the documents needed to make the purchase of the vehicle, costing no more than $29,750. If the council agrees with a 4/5 vote, the bidding requirement will be waived.

The council will also be voting on the approval of waiving the bidding procedures for the purchase of two squad cars from Pilson Auto Center. The cars purchased for the Charleston Police Department would cost no more than $54,722.  According to the agenda, the bidding procedures would be waived to execute the purchase of new squad cars in order to continue to provide the existing level of law enforcement services to the community.

Charleston Mayor Brandon Combs will be announcing the re-appointment of Steve Hutti to a two-year-term on the Police Pension Fund Board of Trustees and Larry Shobe to a one-year-term on the Charleston Tree Commission.

The council will have their public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the City Hall.

Other items on the agenda include the following:

-Voting on the approval of a raffle license for the Charleston Country Club on Thursdays throughout 2016 to raise funds to assist with operational costs.

-Voting on the approval of a raffle license for the Moose Lounge, to be used at 9 p.m. April 30 to raise funds for projects supporting youth.

-Voting on the authorization of street closure for Girls on the Run 5k.


Lynnsey Veach can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]