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October 6, 2013

Somerset, Ferguson make pact on water & sewers

Residents will see utility bills decrease


Somerset —

Girdler called the agreement an “historical” one, and said it shows a “strong working relationship between two cities.
“It won’t change any of the dynamics of what we’re doing now but we’ll just own it ... (it will) drastically decrease the cost,” Girdler added. 
The council approved the resolution unanimously. 
“It’s a win-win situation for both of us,” said Councilor Mike New. 
Other city officials agreed. 
“That’s what good neighbors are for, they help each other,” said Councilor Jim Rutherford. 
Councilor Jim Mitchell said his sister, a Ferguson resident, will “definitely appreciate” the discount on her utility bills, especially as winter rolls around. 
The agreement hinges on approval from both city councils. 
Dobbs said Ferguson’s councilors plan to look at the agreement at their meeting on Monday.
“We haven’t seen the written agreement yet,” said Dobbs. “Hopefully, it’ll go pretty smooth once everybody looks at it and gets comfortable with it.”
If Ferguson councilors approve the resolution, the new agreement should kick in just in time for the colder months — when the cost benefit will be felt the most. 
“We’re trying to get this in place before the cold gets here so we can help everybody’s pocketbooks,” said Dobbs. 
In other news from the Sept. 23 Somerset City Council meeting:
• The council heard the first reading of Ordinance 13-19, an amendment to the city’s liquor license and sales ordinance, which includes newly-added details to the state’s liquor regulations. Somerset City Attorney Carrie Wiese said the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control statutes need to be updated yearly to include any changes made at the legislative level. 
Included in the state’s updated regulations are changes to the licensing structure, and a section that emphasizes that warrants are not required to search premises where alcohol is sold. 

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