Brantley water rates to increase

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 17, 2004

Residents in the Town of Brantley may think they left the water running when they receive their water bills next month.

Last week, the council agreed to increase the minimum water rate from $8.50 for the first 3,000 gallons used to $10.50. Town Administrator Larry Morgan said the increase was needed after reviewing this year's budget.

"Water utilities have gone into the red the last two years and warrants an increase," he said.

After careful review of the city's profits gained in the water the department the council began pondering the idea of increasing the minimum rate. Morgan said it was revealed that the town has "shown a negative net profit" the last two years.

Town officials are aware that homeowners are rarely for an increase in utilities, but did mention that most cities charge $10.50 for the first 2,000 gallons used.

"We're going to have some complaints about it," Morgan said. "The utilities section of town governments are a proprietary fund and it requires our residents' business. It requires profit for future planning and maintenance."

Morgan said it has been at least four or five years since the minimum water rate was increased. The most recent increase will go into affect beginning Jan. 1 and will show up on residents' first January bill.

Brantley Mayor Bernie Sullivan was not available for comments. He did not attend the meeting.

In other business:

n The council heard from representatives with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ADOT), who notified that they are planning to repave Hwy. 331 from the south city limit north to Sasser Street.

ADOT will also pave Hwy. 29 from the west city limits to the intersection of Hwy. 331.


Discussed the possibility of a traffic control device on Glenwood Road to help slow down motorists. The city is currently adding sidewalks from the business section of town to the Brantley Housing Authority and is concerned about speeders.

n Agreed to add street lights alongside Glenwood Road where the new sidewalk is being constructed.

n Announced that construction had begun on the decorative project in the Municipal Complex Park alongside the walking trail. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Development awarded the town $50,000 through its Recreational Trail Fund to help fund the project.

n Reviewed the 2004-05 budget.