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Russell Water Rates May Adjust

Russell City Council 1-7-14The Russell City Council discussed possible adjustments to residential, commercial and industrial water rates at its first work study session of 2014.

City officials say because of conservation efforts in Russell due to the drought and exploration of new water sources, Russell is currently not recouping its water utility costs.

To figure out how to attack the problem, a few months ago City Councilmembers gave the okay to RMA Engineering of Minneapolis to do a water rate study.

JP Metzler of RMA Engineering presented the study's findings to the Council Tuesday.

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Metzler talked about three specific rate adjustment scenarios. Russell City Manager Jon Quinday summed them up.

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Russell has not raised its water rates since 2007.

Prior to the work study, a brief special meeting was held to take action on a zoning change in the city.

The rezoning, which was approved, changes a small piece of land at 11th and Fossil Streets from industrial to commercial for the development of a retail store.

City Manager Quinday...

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Also Tuesday, Councilmembers continued discussions on the proposed selling of special use water permits. Consensus was not reached, but the Council will again address the topic in two weeks at its regular monthly meeting.

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