Loyall will see water rate increase

Nola Sizemore Staff Writer

October 18, 2013

Mayor Clarence Longworth has informed Loyall City Council revenue is being lost in the city’s sewer department.

“The big thing is KU (Kentucky Utilities) going up — chemicals going up and we’re hesitant about raising sewer rates,” said Longworth. “I was notified by Harlan Water Works that they are having a 13 percent increase in their water rates. Therefore, there will be more revenue coming in for the sewer also. We won’t be doing anything, but your water rates are going to be going up 13 percent somewhere between now and the first of the year.”

Longworth said every time someone moves from the city, that’s “a loss for their sewer and garbage departments.”

“Since I took office, our KU and chemicals have doubled,” said Longworth. “It’s been 10 years since we raised our sewer rates.”

During the meeting, Wastewater and Street Department Supervisor Mark Duff reported he is in the process of doing manhole mapping. He said approximately two tons of garbage had been hauled to the landfill, which doesn’t include the brush and related items. He added repairs to the fuel filter have been made to the street department truck and pickups began again this week.

In other action:

*Police Chief Mike Lunsford reported he obtained a $5,000 Highway Safety Grant and a $500 federal grant for the purchase of police vests. He also noted he was notified by CSX that the Main Street railroad crossing at Black Bottom will be closed Nov. 1 for repairs.

*New Assistant Clerk Lisa Lunsford was introduced to council. She replaces Margaret Yost, who recently retired;

*Halloween trick or treat hours were set at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m on Oct. 31 in the city;

*Approved second reading of the city’s property tax ordinance.

Reach Nola Sizemore at 606-573-4510, ext. 115, nsizemore@civitasmedia.com