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Mulberry sewer rates to go up

Mulberry residents and businesses will see increased sewer rates on their next bill.

Mulberry city council members approved raising residential, commercial and industrial sewer rates at their Aug. 20 meeting, according to the unapproved minutes.

Residential rates are now $7 for the minimum of 1,000 gallons of water usage and $2 per 1,000 gallons for the next 9,000 gallons of usage. Any remaining usage would be 75 cents per 1,000 gallons.

Commercial and industrial rates are $7.25 for the minimum of 1,000 gallons of water usage and $2.25 per 1,000 gallons for the next 9,000 gallons of usage. The next 40,000 gallons would be $2 per 1,000 gallons and any remaining usage would be $1.50 per 1,000 gallons.

The rates went into effect immediately.

Council members also approved and ordinance to amend fees for services rendered by the city sewer department and ordinance to amend and fix charges and fees for services rendered by the city water department.

As part of the ordinance, meter deposits were changed to the same $100 for all residential, commercial and industrial accounts.

Also during the meeting, council members approved resolutions authorizing Mayor Gary Baxter to apply for two General Improvement Fund (GIF) grants.

Baxter explained that the first resolution would allow the city to apply for state monies that would be distributed through Western Arkansas Planning and Development District (WAPDD). He added that State Sen. Bryan King has $300,000 available for Crawford County, and the City of Mulberry has several projects the money could be used for.

A second resolution was for a $50,000 GIF Fire Protection Grant to repair and renovate existing fire stations.

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