By Shelia Tomkins
The Guttenberg city council, meeting in regular session on April 7, took the first step in increasing water and sewer rates, heard a request to replace an ambulance, accepted responsibility for maintenance of a park restroom, listened to a RAGBRAI update, and moved forward on funding for the Acre Street project.
Mayor Russ Loven, council members Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, Steve Friedlein and Jane Parker, City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Mike Schuster were in attendance.
Water, sewer increases
The council approved the first reading of an ordinance that will increase water and sewer rates each $1 per month. Before final passage, the ordinance must be approved at a second and third public reading. Upon final approval, the new base rate will be $24.25 for water and $24.50 for sewer.
"The revenues for the utilities are not keeping up with expenses," City Manager Willett told The Press. "The council is looking to examine the revenues and expenditures and evaluate the rates every year, instead of having large rate increases."