Sewer and water rate hikes and meeting times

bcc1_27To cover more costs, City officials say, Bishop wants to raise its water and sewer fees over the next five years – in some cases $1 to $3 more per month over time for each – sewer and water. It all depends on your category.

If you want to officially protest these raises, you have to file a letter of protest with the City by tonight’s public hearing on the rate increases. It’s called a Proposition 218 protest. Some people have filed those letters. Officials say they need the raises to cover maintenance, operation and infrastructure needs.

The last time they met, the Bishop City Council held a first reading of an ordinance that would change their meeting times from night to day. Tonight, they have the second reading and adoption of that ordinance on the agenda. Under that rule, 4pm Study Sessions would be held at 10am. 7pm regular meetings would be held at 1pm.

This change would save some $12,000 in employee overtime. Last meeting it was a 4 to 1 vote to go ahead with the time change. Council woman Laura Smith voted no and said it would limit meeting attendance and limit who might run for City Council.

Other agenda items call for approval of the sale of a City-owned mobile home at Sunrise Mobile Home Park, consideration of filing for a grant, evaluation of sewer plant ponds and, on a lighter note, Inyo County Clerk Kammi Foote will present an historic map of the City of Bishop.

 

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