Concordia Board of Aldermen approve water rate increase, discuss upcoming ballot item

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

During a Concordia Board of Aldermen meeting held Monday, Oct. 21, board members reviewed proposed pricing schedule changes for the city’s wholesale water contracts, such as the one with PWSD No. 2, based on actual 2018-2019 expenditures.

According to the proposed rate schedule, the service availability fee would be $13.45 per meter. The price for the first 1,500,000 would be $4.19 per 1,000 gallons; the next 2,250,000 gallons would cost $3.51 per 1,000 gallons; and the remaining gallons to the maximum would cost $3.00 per 1,000 gallons. The proposed rates represent a 1.76 percent increase since Jan. 1, 2018.

The board also discussed a second option presented by PWSD No. 2 for the installation of water service to sheds at Edwin A. Pape Lake with the extension of service through the 12-acre tract north of the shed for service to the Caldwell property.

A motion was made to accept Option 2, extending a service line from City Lake Road to the north edge of the city’s property to serve the Caldwell property and provide future access to finished water through the 12-acre tract of land. The city of Concordia would pay for a service tap of this line at the sheds. The motion was approved by a vote of 4-0.

During his report to the board, City Administrator Dale Klussman discussed the upcoming Countywide Question to appear on the Nov. 5 ballot. The proposed tax will be $1 per month on any subscriber of any communication device that has been enabled to contact 911. Proceeds from the tax will be collected for funding of Lafayette County 911 services.

Klussman also spoke about a second series of meetings conducted by Missouri Main Street representatives, conducted Oct. 16-18. He stated this series dealt with potential design upgrades to the Rudi’s Furniture building and the Homestead 3 building, as well as a design for a streetscape concept.

The Main Street representatives also discussed a proposed branding concept. Klussman said the proposed concept integrated the use of the familiar hearts and different fonts to create new branding that may be used for promotion.

An ordinance was introduced and approved, 4-0, to allow the mayor to execute an agreement with PageFreezer for configuration of the city’s website and social media accounts for archiving and public records compliance for the city’s website for a one year fee of $2,400, plus a one-time configuration and training fee of $250.

Alderman Kaleb Nierman made note of the time change for the Board of Aldermen meetings. Meetings will begin at 5 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. on the first and second Monday’s of each month until further notice.

City Clerk Susan Flandermeyer announced the board is invited to the 100th anniversary of the VFW recognition at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 with a luncheon to follow.

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