City services fees were approved to increase on Monday at the city commission meeting.

Fees for water utility services, sanitary services, solid waste collection and storm water utility will increase by 1.7 percent.

The breakdown of the increase is the water base fee is now $8.46 with a per 1,000-gallon charge of $2.27.

The sewer base fee is now $17.01 with a per 1,000-gallon charge of $2.30.

The solid waste fees are: refuse pick up, $17.61; recycling fee, $1.36; additional unit, $11.88 and grass cart is $2.82.

The drainage unit per fee is now $1.26.

The increase according to city officials is to have adequate income for maintenance operations, capital and debt requirements based on the Consumer Price Increase by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A public hearing for amending the Star Bond project was approved for April 23.

Regarding the amendment, according to city finance director Nannette Pogue, "they will be removing the Dodge City Community College property that is included in the current district."

The amendment comes after the city, Dodge City Community College, Farm Credit bank and Assembly of God Church, reached a sales agreement for retail development to go in just north of Soule Street on 14th Avenue for Sutherland's home improvement store and three additional retail plots.

The commissioners also approved annexing the location at 911 Matt Down Lane into the city and named Debby Eddy to the library board.

All approvals were made with a 3-0 vote, commissioners Joyce Warshaw and Jan Scoggins were absent from the meeting and did not vote.


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