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Glencoe City Council raises storm water rates

The Glencoe City Council moved ahead with two items proposed during its Finance and Strategic Planning Committee meeting last week at the regular Council meeting Monday night.
Storm water rate
The Council passed a request from City Administrator Mark Larson to increase the storm water rate from the current $5 to $7.50 in 2016 and $10 in 2017.
The new rates will add an additional $160,000 to the storm water fund. This increase will be used to pay for the Northeast Drainage project and to add a new position to the streets department.
The drainage project will cost the city at most $800,000, depending on how other parties contribute. Larson said this increase plans for that worst-case scenario but he hopes the city’s portion will be less.
The new position in the streets department will cost about $70,000 a year including benefits, Larson explained. This position is designed to help with the required work for the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit.
Council Member Allen Robeck said he agreed with the increase to pay for the drainage project, but said he was 100 percent against hiring a new employee. He said the department requires less work now than it used to years ago.
Mayor Randy Wilson explained that the record keeping aspect of the job has become more overwhelming and that is why this job is needed. Street and Parks Public Works Director Mike Drew agreed, saying the work is more advanced now.
The motion passed 5-0.

For more, see the Feb. 3 print edition of The Chronicle.