September 11, 2003

Council Finalizes Water Rate Increases At September Meeting

Water and sewer rates for the City of Memphis are now officially higher following the passage of bill numbers 03-5 and 03-6 of the municipal code by the Memphis City Council at the September 4 meeting.

The council read and approved the amendments to the city ordinances. The new water rate will be $9 for the minimum of 1,000 gallons with the charge of 41.7 cents per each 100 gallons beyond the minimum.

However there was some additional discussion by the council regarding the second part of the new ordinance, which states that customers located outside of city limits will be charged an additional 50 percent.

Alderman Ron Gardner was charged with gathering information regarding the issue to be discussed at the October meeting.

The new sewer rates will be a minimum of $3 for the first 1,000 gallons and 15 cents per 100 gallons there after.

Both price hikes were unanimously approved by the council.

Executive Session

In executive session the council voted 4-0 to offer employment to Mike Steeples as a city police officer. Steeples has previously served on the PD on several occasions.

Light Plant

Superintendent Mike Ahland requested, and received permission to close the plant on holidays. He told the council he will maintain a minimum of at least two employees available on holidays in case of emergencies.

Water Pressure

Jim Paris was present during the citizen participation portion of the meeting. He asked the council to consider replacing the water main in the 300 block of North Lincoln Street because of low water pressure problems being experienced at his property as well as those of his neighbors.

Superintendent Dennis Howard told Paris and the council that the line replacement is slotted for replacement in the water department’s five-year plan. Howard indicated there are a few cross streets that need to be replaced prior to the Lincoln Street job.


A meeting with Galaxy Cablevision was scheduled for the September meeting but was moved to October because the company’s representative could not make the meeting.

The cable company did forward an ordinance for the council and city attorney to review.


Superintendent Dave Kittle stated the department had finalized the MRI power supply project at the hospital. They have been working on a power issue at Pizza Hut. He also discussed with the council an idea to enter a mutual aid agreement with surrounding communities in case of a power supply emergency. Alderman Teresa Skinner will review the issue and report to the council at the October meeting.

The street department is nearing completion of black topping city roads. Superintendent Roy Monroe also reported work is progressing on the wetlands project between the city’s two lakes. He also noted that city hall will require some repair work on the back wall after the adjoining building was removed. He recommended the council consider siding or some other form of covering for the now bare wall.

Superintendent Howard reported the Knott Street replacement will be completed in September.


Alderman Mike Stone praised the work of the Antique Fair committee for a successful showing.

Alderman Skinner requested council action to rezone the property at 103 S. Adams from residential to commercial. She noted that new owners Chuck and Debbie Kigar planned to open a bed and breakfast and a meeting hall at the site. The council voted 4-0 to approve the rezoning.

Alderman Lucas Remley asked that Superintendent Kittle meet with Mitch Pence and Bob Simpson at the car wash in the near future to discuss the electric current at the site.

Alderman Gardner suggested advertising the fence around the swimming pool for sale as the pool will be replaced this fall. The council agreed to seek bids to be opened at the October meeting.

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