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Wyanet OKs water/sewer rate hike

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 12:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 12:12 p.m. CDT

WYANET — Wyanet residents will see an increase in their water/sewer rates.

AT the Tuesday night village of the Wyanet Village Board, a 3 percent increase in water and sewer rates was approved.

Trustees Corey Peterson and Joe Law both voted no on the increase, but the motion passed 3-2.  

The increase is expected to bring in an additional $1,000 a month to the village. The increase will cost the homeowner a minimum of $1.44 a month depending, on the amount of water used.

The rate increase will take effect March 1.

During the law enforcement report, Wyanet Police Chief Todd Marquez discussed the need for a new part-time police car. The current car is in need of many repairs.

Marquez has been researching different options. The board discussed those options and would like to purchase a used vehicle if possible. This issue was tabled until next month while additional information is obtained.  

Marquez said he is also working with several Wyanet residents to get their properties cleaned up to be in compliance with village ordinances.   

Also at the meeting, Brandon Teske gave the village maintenance report, and he told the board they fixed a water main break on Main Street last week.  

In other business:

• The board approved purchasing a sign to hang outside of the new police station office. Signs will also be hung outside of the water department and possibly the village hall.

• Trustee Marilyn Johnson, chairperson of the water and sewer committee, said there is a possibility the sludge in the sewer lagoons will need to be dredged. The cost would be approximately $350,000.

• Trustees Peterson and Dave Bickett have been looking at the village streets to see what needs to be fixed this coming year. Peterson said, "I'd like to get working on this as soon as possible, so we aren't waiting until the last minute." Village engineer Jack Kusek will meet with Peterson in the next few weeks.

• The Community Club has decided they will keep their Christmas lights.

• The board approved a liquor license for Ecky’s Place. Sue Eckberg addressed the board and explained she and her husband, John, are in the process of purchasing The Outhouse.  

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March  14, at Village Hall.

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