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Water rates increase,
could go higher soon

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

Water rates for customers in Platte City will be on the increase after the board approved the change on Tuesday.

The board voted 5-1 in favor of approving the change to increase rates for customers in the city limits by 15-cents and for customers outside the limits by 19-cents.

Customers inside the city will pay $5.85 for the first 1,000 gallons per month and then $5.35 for additional 1,000 gallons. Customers outside the city will pay $8.42 for the first 1,000 gallons per month and a price of $6.56 for additional 1,000 gallons.

During the discussion, Jason Metten, city administrator, said he misspoke in the public works subcommittee and said that an additional increase of 30-cents planned by previous city administrator Keith Moody would not be taken care of through this increase. The 30-cents will still have to be considered by the board around November.

Metten said the current increase approved by the board was because of an increase in the rate Kansas City charges the city.

Platte City purchases water from the Kansas City Water Department and this year Kansas City increased their rates by 9.12 percent.

“Keith Moody had anticipated a 5 percent increase and it turned out to be 9 and some change,” said Metten.

Last November, the board approved a 30-cent increase and recommended a second 30-cent increase in the future. They split the increase in order to not have such a large impact on residents at one time.

The board deferred the increase until the next budget time around November 2009.

The board approved the 15-cent increase with a vote of 5-1 with Alderman Andy Stanton voting against the ordinance.

The city also approved an ordinance to increase the amount of sewage accepted from the City of Tracy to 275 equivalent dwelling units (EDU) in order to accommodate the Tracy Highlands project.

The project includes a proposed truck stop and several commercial business properties at the intersection of Interstate 29 and Highway 273.

According to Metten, Tracy is currently only using 109 EDUs and has a current limit of 200 EDUs. The proposed development is expected to add 35 EDUs.

The additional amount is in order to accommodate the second phase of homes along Roller Court.

The board also approved a special event permit for NW Audio to hold its annual car stereo competition on Sunday, June 7. The competition will cause the closure of a portion of Prairie View Road.

The business will also hire off-duty Platte City officers to be at the event.

The board approved the event permit with a vote of 6-0.



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