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Lafayette votes to lower sewer fees

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In a special called meeting on December 17, the Lafayette city council voted to lower sewer rates for all private property owners in the county.


The council adopted Ordinance 655, an ordinance amending Title 18 “Water and Sewers” Chapter 3, “Sewer Use Regulations”, Section 313 “Sewer Fees and Charges,” of the Municipal Code of the City of Lafayette, on first reading. This ordinance reduced sewer fees for Lafayette.


For residential property owners within the corporate city limits: The first 1,000 gallons will have a minimum bill of $14.39 (reduced from $16.93). Every 1,000 gallons over will be $9 (reduced from $11.58). For residential property owners outside city limits: The first 1,000 gallons, minimum bill of $28.77 (reduced from $33.85). Every 1,000 over: $16.68 (reduced from $23.15). Connection, or processing fees will be as follows: $20 for purchased home to live in. $40 for purchased home to rent. $100 for commercial property.


The fee changes passed on first reading, and will go to vote again on January 7. “These would go into effect for January,” said Mayor Richard Driver. “The customer will notice the difference when he gets his January bill in February.”


The following business was also conducted:


Old Business:


The council adopted ordinance #654, an ordinance amending “Building, Utility, etc. codes” from “Chapter 1 Building Codes” on second and final reading. This ordinance requires that new developers pay tap fees before they can get a building permit.


New Business:


The council adopted Res 12-17-2013A and Res. 12-17-2013B, resolutions calling for a public hearing to determine whether certain properties, owned by Tracey Tuck, should be annexed to the City of Lafayette, and on a plan of service. This property totals 5.29 acres through the southwest of Sneed Blvd, and is identified as parcels 47.11 and 47.12 on map 050 on the tax maps of Macon County TN. The public hearing will be held January 7 at 6:30, before the regular city council meeting.


The council adopted Res 12-17-2013C, a resolution calling for a public hearing to determine whether certain properties, owned by Tony Polston and Dale Hix, should be annexed to the City of Lafayette, and on a plan of service. This property totals 12.52 acres south of Hwy 52 Bypass W, and is identified as Parcel 1.11 on map 050 on the tax maps of Macon County, TN. This public hearing will be held January 7 as well.


The council adopted Res. 12-17-2013D, a resolution calling for a public hearing on the plan of service for the proposed annexation of property owned by Tony Polston and Dale Hix.


Adopt Ordinance 656, an ordinance amending Title 18 “Water and Sewers” Chapter 1, “Water”, section 106, “Connection Charges” of the Municipal Code of the City of Lafayette, on first reading. This ordinance increased water tap fees. “We are basically getting our tap fees in line,” said Mayor Driver. “We’re still lower than everybody else.”


New tap fees are as follows, according to the ordinance, which will be voted on again January 7:


3/4 inch water tap, in the city: $1,000. 1 inch water tap, in the city: $1,500. 3/4 inch water tap, outside the city limits: $1,250. 1 inch water tap, outside the city limits: $1,750. All connections exceeding 1 inch, inside and outside the city limits, will be the cost of insulation, supplies, and labor.


Developer fees are now as follows:


3/4 inch lines: $600 (10 or more taps at one time); 1 inch line: $1,100 (10 or more taps at one time).


The next Lafayette City meeting will be held January 7.

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