Alexis approves rate increase

Sheila Pressley/Correspondent

ALEXIS -- Acting on a proposal completed by clerk Dixie McCreight and water and sewer department superintendent Jim Olson, members of the Alexis Village Board approved an increase of 10 percent in the water and sewer rates. Mayor Gene Sims discussed samplings of the trustees water bills that ranged from $20 to $70 monthly. Two proposals were presented to the board.

The rate increase will generate an additional $1,000 each month. A person who pays $25 a month for water and sewer will have an additional $2.50 added to the bill. The board had discussed the increase during a special meeting that was held last month. This is the first increase since 2002.

Rick Benson, a resident of W. Spring Grove Avenue in Alexis, has requested the board's permission to erect a building on his property for the purpose of operating a mail-order business. The board scheduled a zoning meeting for Sept. 22, 7 p.m. at the Community Center to discuss the issue. Mayor Sims told board members that he had polled neighbors of Benson and none had any objection.

Sims reported that the new grocery store should open sometime in October. Alexis L.L.C. certificates are available at Farmers State Bank for $500 each. For information, Sims an be contacted at 482-6221.

Trustee Julie VanFleet voice interest in a recycling program for the village. Clerk McCreight, trustee Wayne Bruns and Jim Olson volunteered to assist VanFleet.

Arlie Hooper was present to complain about debris piling up in front of the curb in front of his business. He also complained of cigarette butts and beer cans being left by patrons of a nearby tavern. Mayor Sims told Hooper that, "the curb area will be cleaned out." The issue of cans and cigarette butts will be discussed with the tavern owner.

Jenny Garner, coordinator of Mercer County Economic Development Partnership, spoke to the board.

Additional chips are needed under playground equipment in Harkrader Park. Former trustee Jeni Simkins will be contacted about the source of the chips.

Board members approved the August meeting minutes, the treasurer's report and interfund transfers along with payment of bills totaling $33,560. Included was rock hauling for street work, Roto-Rooter for water main breaks, utilities, attorney fees and newspaper publications.

The next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m., Oct. 13 at the Community Center.