Alexis Board approves rate increases

Sheila Pressley/Correspondent

Alexis residents will see an increase in their monthly water bill beginning May 1 as the result of action taken by the village board during its monthly session held March 8 at the Community Center. Approval was given to amend the current water and sewer rates to include a three percent overall increase effective May 1, 2010. And, on Feb. 1 of each year after 2010, there will be a three percent increase plus the national inflation rate. The increase will never go below three percent. The sum of .90 cents would be added to a $30 water bill.

Karl "Moe" Shuh was present to tell the board members of his plans to sponsor a city-wide clean-up day in April. He plans to have two trailers located on his property at the corner of S. Main Street and E. Palmer Avenue for such items as scrap metals, batteries, tires, etc. The board agreed "the clean-up day is a good idea."

Discussion was held concerning a fee for martial arts classes currently being held upstairs at Town hall. The classes began last fall and are held once a week. The board approved a fee of $50/month beginning on April 1.

A donation of $250 towards the annual East egg hunt was approved. The amount is the same as last year.

Current salary information of village employees was distributed to the board. The salaries will be voted on in May.

Police Chief Blaine Piersee reported that the squad car is in need of new tires. The original cost is $180 a piece. With a police discount, the cost is $75 each. He was authorized to purchase four new tires for the car.

Building permits were discussed concerning the new bin, leg and dryer that Grainstore plans to erect. Currently, the village ordinance pertains only to grain bins. According to village attorney Ron Stombaugh, "Many permits are issued on the total cost of the project." Since the village has no idea on the cost, the board will abide by the current wording and charge the firm $100 for the bin permit. Work is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

In routine business, board member approved the February meeting minutes, the treasurer's report and payment of bills that were examined.

Date of the next board meeting is April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center.