BRADENTON -- The Bradenton City Council approved a 1.96 percent water rate increase by 3-0 vote Wednesday evening.
Claude Tankersley, public works director, said the rate adjustment will bring in an additional $340,210 if consumption levels remain unchanged. The additional income will allow the city to maintain and improve infrastructure.
"This is mainly to keep pace with inflation and to continue our improvement program," he said.
The adjusted rate provides an annual increase equal to the Consumer Price Index. The increase will mean the average customer pays $1 more per month.
"It will be as low as 60 cents (for some customers) upward to $2, but the average will be $1 a month," said Tankersley.
Councilman Gene Brown said the increase will help upgrade water meters.
"That hopefully will make the service a little better for the consumer also, and not just raise the fees just to raise them," said Brown.
"Our system, while old, is still operating well," said Tankersley. "Our desire is to upgrade and repair our system."
The new rates will take effect Oct. 1. Residents can call public works at 941-932-9400 with question.
In other business:
Bradenton proclaimed Wednesday as Carl Weeks Day in the city. Councilman Brown, a former member of the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County, presented the proclamation to Weeks, whom he called a great mentor. City officials wanted to recognize the 42-year employee and president of the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County. He is retiring
but still plans to be involved in the development of young people in the community.
"It's means a culmination of 42 years that I've had an opportunity to work with children in Manatee County and we've worked with the city of Bradenton for many, many years," said Weeks. "The bottom line is we've got to continue to partner and we can't do things alone."
The city council approved 3-0 the special use permit and alcohol beverage license for Joseph Vallor, owner of Joe's Bar, at 5254 State Road 64 East. He applied to expand his location.
The council also approved 3-0 to amend its format for traffic violations taken to court to meet state regulations.
"Whatever form they want it in, we will give it to them," said William Lisch, city attorney.
Lisch said to challenge a traffic ticket previously motorists would file to contest it court.
"Now it's on the part of city, and they have to provide for hearing officers, and they have to send out the notices, and they can charge a fee for those things," said Lisch.
He said the statute allows up to $250, but the city will not charge that much if you're found guilty.
City Traffic Court fees are $175 if you have a hearing and lose, $125 if you schedule a hearing and do not show up, and $50 if you schedule a hearing, then cancel.