By Alli Bily
At last week’s regular meeting, the LaPrairie City Council approved raising water and sewer rates to offset soon-to-be-implemented wholesale hikes by Grand Rapids Public Utilities.
The council approved a 3 percent unit (1,000 gallons) price increase that would move rates from $5.40 to $5.60. Sewer rates were increased by 6 percent, meaning the unit price of 1,000 gallons would go from $5.00 to $5.30. The base price of both water and sewage will remain the same. The price increases go into effect May 1, 2014.
In other business, the council:
• Listened to a report from Summer Scharringhausen of the Community marketing taskforce. She talked to the council about the recent launch of the new county-wide portal and suggested that LaPrairie would benefit from finding someone willing to update the city’s page.
• Approved minutes of March 3 council meeting.
• Discussed the issue of frozen pipes that are occurring throughout the city.
• Discussed the West Range Mine Planning Board’s goal of increasing rail access across the north side of Grand Rapids.
• Approved a resolution for the demolition of hazardous buildings.