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City approves increased water and sewer rates

By Kendra Hennis 
At the meeting of the Tuscola City Council at 7:32 p.m. on Monday, July 26, council members approved a proposed increase of $1 per month to the water and sewer base rate. This means an “across the board” increase of $1 to all water bills, as all customers are charged at the base rate. In the July 12 meeting City Administrator Drew Hoel noted that it had been years since the city has increased their water rates. However, the city has received increased rates from Illinois American Water and has had to make major repairs to the water main system.

The council additionally approved Ordinance 8, a Fair Housing Ordinance prohibiting and making unlawful discrimination in housing and/or real estate property because of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, or disability in the City of Tuscola. Along with this, the council approved Resolution 4, a resolution of support and commitment of local funds, committing $65,000 from the Water Fund to the construction project. Prior to the meeting the council held a public hearing at 7:15 p.m. to hear public concerns and input concerning the proposed Community Development Block Grant application to install new water mains in the Meadowview Subdivision. There were no public comments. 

The council also:
* Approved the minutes of the previous July 12 meeting.

* Approved the June 2021 Financial Report. 

* Approved the payment of bills in the amount of $125,890.77.

* Approved a Community Building Lease with Alcohol for the Pheasants Forever Banquet on August 7, 2021.

* Approved a Community Building Lease with Alcohol to Karina Becerra for Wedding Reception August 13-14, 2021.

* Accepted a proposal to furnish materials and approval of award to Earl Walker Company for Annual Oil & Chip in the amount of $66,085.80. This amount is well below the approved Engineer’s Estimate and approved appropriation of Motor Fuel Tax Funds. 

* Approved the appointment of Taylor White to Probational Patrol Officer for the Tuscola Police Department effective July 26, 2021

* Adjourned at 7:43 p.m. until the August 9 council meeting at 7:30 p.m.

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