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Kerens council considers utility issues

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KERENS–Kerens City Council contemplated two water and sewer-related items during its April 12 meeting, both of which were brought forth by utility customers.
The council took no action on the first issue, in which one customer had been billed for 36,000 gallons of water usage – which translated into a $434 water bill – and then requested waiving utility bill costs. Some of that bill has been paid down, City Administrator Katherine Combs told the council.
A second issue was a residential utility customer requesting the city change the calculation method for monthly sewer charges. Combs said Kerens bases its monthly residential sewer rates on the city’s average water usage in December, January and February. That’s been done since 1981, she told the council, which computer programming calculates currently at $36 per month, billed the same during an annual cycle.
Commercial sewer customers are charged by usage, which Combs said can vary. The residential customer requested sewer rates be tabulated every month based on usage, same as commercial customers. Council Member Greg Allen made a motion to leave the sewer billing calculations as they are used now, which passed unanimously.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the city’s yearly street closings for the next 12 months, such as for Memorial Day and homecoming activities, as well as the Kerens Cotton Harvest Festival.
• Approved the appointment of Prosperity Bank as the city’s official bank.