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Miner Board sets sign-up deadline for sewer, water

Friday, August 20, 2004

MINER - Miner city officials have waited long enough for annexed residents to sign up for water and sewer.

The Miner Board of Aldermen decided during their regular meeting Thursday to give residents of the area along Highway H between the city's old northern limits and the interchange until Sept. 1 to sign on with the city's water/sewer district, after which they will be assessed a fine of $100 per day for not being hooked up, according to City Clerk Janet Tuttle.

This issue goes back to when the city annexed the land. "They're supposed to do it within 90 days, and we've given them almost two years," Tuttle said. "Now we're enforcing it."

In other business addressed by the Board Thursday:

* The general revenue tax levy for 2004 will stay at 19 cents as the Board voted to keep the levy at the same rate it has been for the past 20 or 30 years, according to Tuttle.

Following routine year-end budget amendments to the 2003-2004 budget, the Board adopted the 2004-2005 budget.

Revenues for the general revenue fund were projected at $1.136 million for the 2004-2005 fiscal year and $1.135 million in general revenue expenditures was budgeted.

Tuttle said this is an increase of about $130,000 over the previous budget on both the revenue and expenditures sides.

The city's health insurance was also renewed. Although the bottom line will depend on the number of employees, renewal premiums increased "about 15 percent," Tuttle said. "I think everybody's is going up anywhere from 15 to 25 percent."

* Ellen Davis was appointed as city collector to fill the unexpired term Phyllis Hepler who resigned after almost seven years in the position.

"She's retiring," said Tuttle. "She was presented last night with a plaque from the city and a rose from each department."

Davis will need to run for the remaining two years in the April election. A full term for the position is four years.