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January 17, 2018

Blaine sewer in need of funds


Barbara Womack
Grainger Today Correspondent

BLAINE – Alderman Jimmy Langley warned the Blaine Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday it will need to consider changes to its sewer rates –sooner rather than later.

The city currently has about $50,000 in its sewer account to cover repairs and equipment replacement. But he said that will not last forever.

“We are going to need to address our sewer rates, or the sewer is going to go downhill. People are not going to like it, but we are in the sewer business,” he said. “We would have to have an ordinance and 100 people will come in here and complain about it.”

He conceded that Blaine’s rates are high.

But as general manager of LBC Utility District, he said he is familiar with rates in other similar locations.

“Our rates are high, but they are not the highest,” he said.

He also acknowledged that some people believe the city should not have gotten into the sewer business. He said it is necessary if the city is going to grow.

“But it’s done. We have Food City and Subway. We would not have them without the sewer,” he said.

He suggested one way to raise funds would be to assess all water customers $1 a month on their bills.

No timetable was set for discussions about sewer rates to begin.

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