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April 16, 2014

Burnside amends city water rates; eyes building inspections

City Council passes three new ordinances

Burnside —

In their second meeting of the month, the Burnside City Council took care of business by passing three ordinances and introducing two more.
Voted on and unanimously approved by the council in a special-called meeting Tuesday — one week after the regularly schedule April meeting — were the following ordinances:
• Ordinance 610.1F amends the city’s water tap-on rates. For 5/8-inch and 3/4-inch lines, the cost will go up $400, from $50 to $850, plus a $50 non-refundable water user service fee.
The cost will be $1,350 for 1-inch lines, plus a $75 service fee, and $2,450 for 2-inch lines, plus a $125 service fee. 
Councilor Dwayne Sellers commented that the change “brings us in line with everybody else.”
 • Ordinance 610.2h changes water usage fees. The basic price of $15,48 for the first 1,000 gallons used is changed to a minimum bill of $18 for customers inside the Burnside city limits. Those using Burnside Waterworks outside the city limits will have a $21.77 minimum bill, instead of $19.25 for the first thousand gallons.
Burnside Mayor Ron Jones said that the rates were changed in order to qualify for the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) loan needed to pay for impending improvements to the city’s water plant and would be required by the federal organization.
• Ordinance 160 relates to building codes, specifically that a copy of the Kentucky Building Code and Kentucky Residential Code is on file in the city clerk’s office at all times for reference, and that the city’s building inspector  is to be designated as a local enforcement agent for the building code. Additionally, a building inspection program is established. Jones said this ordinance was required by state law.
Councilor Willis Eadens asked if the ordinance would prevent current laws allowing property owners freedom to work, such as electrical work, on their own property. Jones did not believe so, though Sellers noted that any work still has to meet code standards.

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