SIKESTON -- City residents will pay more for water and sewer services beginning in May.
City Council members approved the rate increases during their regular monthly meeting Monday.
Ed Throop, Board of Municipal Utilities' executive director, presented Council members with information on BMU's recommended rate increase during the previous regular Council meeting Feb. 5.
During that presentation, Throop explained the rate increases are needed to cover increased costs for supplying water and sewer services.
Lester Wright, BMU's business manager, said the combined effect of both the water and sewer rate hikes will amount to about $7.49 per month for the average user.
The last rate increase was in February 1998, according to Wright.
The rate adjustments will be effective on bills after April 4. The higher rates will be seen by users for the first time on the utility bills they receive on or around May 1, Throop said during the previous meeting.
In other business Monday:
* A bill rescinding the creation of the Southfork Estates subdivision was approved by council members.
City staff received a request from Lambert Engineering on behalf of Brenda DeWitt to abandon the subdivision which never developed. The subdivision was to be located between Salcedo Road and Wakefield.
The subdivision and rezoning from open agriculture to R-1 were approved in November 1998, according to Trey Hardy, community redevelopment coordinator.
By rescinding the subdivision's approval, the bill "makes room for new development," Hardy explained.
Hardy said no plans or timeframe for a new development were submitted yet but he was advised there are intentions to add 10 duplexes continuing west on Wakefield.
* The Rev. Ron Tate, senior pastor the First Assembly of God Church and president of the Sikeston Area Ministerial Alliance, presented information on the Ministerial Alliance's "Seek God for the City," a program involving 40 days of prayer for the city from Ash Wednesday (Feb. 21) to Palm Sunday (April 1).
The program also involves a publication by WayMakers along with newspaper, radio and television advertisements, according to Tate.
* All but a couple names for a walking trail committee were submitted by council members.
The committee will consist of Cal Crader, Emory McCauley, John Fuchs, Tom Hedrick, Robin Pace and Blair Moran along with two more members to be named by council members Jerry Pullen and Jim Terrell.
"It's in the early stages," Mayor Mike Marshall said of the walking trail project. He said the trail could eventually connect the Sports Complex with the Kindergarten Center and Matthews Park.