Adamsville votes to increase rates

By David Shirley


During their regularly scheduled meeting at Adamsville City Hall Monday evening, the city commissioners agreed to a rate increase on water, sewer and trash pick-up.

The increase, proposed by City Administrator Steve Simon, and the first since 1999, was deemed necessary to keep the utility department in good shape financially, and to assure the department will stay in charge of setting its own rates, unlike some other neighboring towns where the state has stepped in and taken over due to unsatisfactory financial balances.

It is also hoped that the increase will provide some funding toward following a step-by-step plan to improve the utility department’s infrastructure. There was lengthy discussion as to the cause of the 2010-11 water revenues being considerably lower than anticipated.

The motion includes an increase on minimum charge for water from $10.10 to $13.13, garbage pickup would go from $12.50 to $14.00, and in-county sewer rates going up from 65 percent to 70 percent of water charges. 

In other new business the board voted to adopt a new “Rules of the Road”  ordinance on fines of traffic tickets and violations. These rules would include any and all state traffic statutes. 

These statutes would take the place of the Adamsville code, which had become somewhat outdated. One of the more amusing old statutes mentioned by Police Chief Bill McCall was one that required all horses on city streets to wear a diaper.