Commission Adopts Several Ordinance Changes
Tonight, the Pierre City Commission adopted several ordinance changes. One adjusts your utility rates. The others set new standards for sidewalk and driveway construction.
Following the recommendations of the Utility Rate Analysis provided by Missouri River Energy Services, the Commission decided to lower electric rates by an average of 3% while increasing water rates by 8% and wastewater rate by 5%.
“The collective effect of these rate changes on the average residential user is about $0.83 a month,” said Pierre Utility Director Brad Palmer. “Although, we’d like to avoid any increase altogether, we feel that keeping the cost increase under a dollar is very manageable for the vast majority of our customers.”
Palmer says that the City can lower electrical rates because there is currently more energy supply available than there is energy demand. The increase in water rates is directly related to the development of the voter-approved water treatment facility. And the wastewater adjustment will cover major capital improvements at the wastewater treatment plant that are necessary to keep operations within state and federal regulations.
The rate changes will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.
Driveway and Sidewalk Construction Changes
Tonight, the Commission also agreed to allow driveways to be an additional six feet in width, provided the lot is at least 60 feet wide and has sufficient on-street parking.
The commission also approved minimum standards for driveway and sidewalk construction to provide more seamless transitions between sidewalks and driveways. This will extend the useful life of both driveways and sidewalks and improve transitions between the two.
These changes are not retroactive.