The Carlisle City Council unanimously approved to move forward with financing a new bond for sewer projects during its June 20 meeting. A public hearing for both the new water and sewer bonds was held prior.

During the meeting, an increase to the city’s water and sewer rates were approved for the financing of two city project bonds, which will include painting the water tower, rebuilding the rock filter sewage plant and drilling a new water well.

“This is something your mayor and city council really did not want to do,” Mayor Ray Glover said. “We are committed to keeping the cost of living in Carlisle as low as possible. The reason we are raising water rates is because the department of Arkansas Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Department of health are requiring us to make these two improvements to our tank and our sewer plant. We are also running low on our water supply. We need to drill a new well to insure ample supply of water for our future generations.”

The principal amount of the bond will be $478,000. Monthly installments of $1,645 payment will be paid on the 40 year loan. The loan has been obtained with an interest rate of 2.75 percent, through Rural Development.

New monthly water rates will be a minimum of $12.86 per month for the first 1,000 gallons used. For the next 38,000 gallons of water consumption per month, the charge will be $4.23 per 1,000 gallons. All water consumption exceeding 39,000 gallons per month will be $3.21 per 1,000 gallons. By unanimous vote, the council approved an ordinance for the new water rates.

New monthly sewer charges will be a minimum of $7.90 per month for the first 1,000 gallons. For sewer consumption exceeding 1,000 per month, the rate will be $3.15 per 1,000 gallon. By unanimous vote, the council approved by ordinance, the new sewer rates.

“With this small increase, we are still lower than most of the towns around us,” Glover said. “We also have the lowest trash pick up, lowest leaf and limb pick up, the lowest mosquito control and we’ve removed the ambulance fee several years ago from the bill. So whatever we can do in the future to keep the financial burden off of our residents, you can be assured that’s what we will do. “

“Not to mention it hasn’t been touched since 1996 for the water and 1998 for the sewer,” Alderman Jon Plafcan said. “That’s 20 years. Like you said, we going up but still way below what everyone else is.”

In a unanimous vote, the council approve ordinance 315, for financing the sewer project bond. The water bond ordinance will be brought before the council at the July city council meeting.

In other business, the council received one aerial mosquito spray bid from Advanced Mosquito Control of Boyle Ms at the rate of $2,600 per application plus applicable taxes. The bid also included a four year contract. By unanimous vote, the council accepted the bid of $2,600 per application from Advanced Mosquito control.

Also during the meeting, the council unanimously approved to authorize city clerk treasurer Angela James, alderman Mike Walker, W.H. Kitler and Todd Turner to sign necessary documents to open a construction account for the city’s upcoming project.

Alderman Chad Bennett was absent from the meeting. The next regular scheduled meeting will be at 6 p.m. July 18 in the Civic Center.