Georgetown gives final approval for rate increase

Kim Luttrell

Correspondent

Independent News

Georgetown aldermen gave final approval to an increase in sewer and water rates.  Georgetown city residents will see the minimum charge for sewer and water to increase by $8 per month.  The minimum rate will increase from $48 to $56.  Customers outside the city limits will see a corresponding increase in their rates also.

The rate increases are needed to cover the actual cost of providing the service and to allow for some much needed repairs.

The sewer department currently owes the city general fund nearly $230,000 that it has borrowed to cover costs to operate the system.

The water department, which is breaking even, needs some major repairs to the water tower and needs to replace old, outdated water meters.

The new rates will appear on November sewer and water bills.

The city council discussed dates for next year’s July 4th fireworks display.

According to Alderman Mike Scott, the firm that the city used for this year’s fireworks display is already booked for July 3 and July 4.

Scott said, Melrose Pyrotechnics of Chicago, is available the weekend before or the weekend after July 4.

The council decided on June 29 as the date for the 2018 fireworks display.

The council heard from Doug Toole, administrator of the Vermilion County Health Department, about an upcoming electronics recycling event.

On Oct. 28 from 9 – 11 a.m., Danville Area Community College, Vermilion County Health Department and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful will be sponsoring an electronics recycling event for Vermilion County residents.

The event, to be held on the front parking lot of DACC, will allow all Vermilion County residents to dispose of up to four electronic items.  Proof of residency of Vermilion County will be required.

Bryant Industries of Danville will accept unwanted televisions, monitors and other electronic devices for recycling.

Toole also announced that the health department will sponsor a flu vaccinations clinic at First Church of Christ in Georgetown from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Oct. 16.

In other council action, aldermen:

- Set a personnel committee meeting for 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at city hall.

- Set trick or treat hours as 5 – 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

- Approved the use of the park pavilion by the Georgetown Youth Football League on Oct. 29 for their end of season banquet.

- Approved the closing of Illinois Route 1 from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Nov. 20 for the annual Christmas parade.

- Due to the Christmas parade, the council approved changing the Nov. 20 regular council meeting to 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at city hall.

- Approved a donation of $150 to Keep Vermilion County Beautiful.

- Discussed having police officers more closely enforce parking on Stone Street.  Residents have been parking on both sides of street making it difficult for emergency vehicles to get down the street.  Parking is only allowed on the north side of the street.

- Thanked the Georgetown Girl Scout troop for painting the picnic tables in the park as part of their community service project.

The Georgetown city council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at city hall.

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