ATKINSON -- Village board members Monday night increased water rates in the village, with the new monthly base rate to be $15.15, a $3 increase from the current base water rate of $12.15.
The new rate will be effective May 1. The current minimum rate for monthly water and sewer is $28.70, excluding refuse pickup.
Increases in the rates are necessary to provide additional funds for repairs to the water tower and to one well pump, according to Mayor Ken Taber.
In other business, the board scheduled a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday in the village office, to open bids for the installation of a four-inch water line under Rt. 6, near the Atkinson Landscape Co.
The new line will bring the lines providing water supply up to code, Mayor Taber said.
Board members also discussed snow removal in the village and are asking snow removal contractors and residents not to push snow into the village streets as it makes it more difficult for village employees to remove snow.