City to up electric rates effective May 1
By Jan Rahn
Just a little over one year ago, Grant City Council approved a resolution to increase electric rates—it’s happening again on May 1.
Council unanimously approved a 4 percent increase in electric rates at their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 12.
Same as the last time, an increase from the suppliers of approximately 8 percent is being passed on to residents.
Last year when rates went up, council predicted that Grant customers could be facing up to as much as a 7-8 percent increase this year because of continued increases from wholesale suppliers.
In Other Business
• Although still early in the bid process, council members took action on moving forward with the airport taxiway project to install new concrete.
The bids now get forwarded to the federal level where final approval will be made on who receives the bid.
• Council passed a resolution to approve sale of an abandoned travel trailer at the airport.
The trailer was left over two years ago by workers who were searching for seismic activity in developing domestic natural gas wells.
• Discussion was held on making the corner of 6th and Sherman near the high school a four-way stop.
A concerned neighbor requested that cars from all four directions be forced to stop, helping to alleviate danger and wreckless behavior at the intersection.
• Water and lotto figures were reviewed by council.
March water and lotto figures
• Water Use: Figures for water use during March were up slightly compared to the previous month of February.
There were 4.4 million gallons used during March compared to just under 4.0 million consumed in February.
This comparison shows an increase of 425,300 gallons.
In a yearly comparison, there were 258,400 gallons of water used in March 2011 compared to March 2010.
• Lotto: Sales at DJs Bar and Grill totaled $13,037 during the month of March with a payout of $9,431. This leaves a net of $3,606 for the month. There remains $13 in unclaimed prize money.