New Castle raises sewer, water rates |

New Castle raises sewer, water rates

By Heidi RiceRifle CorrespondentNew Castle residents can expect to see an increase in water and sewer rates that will go into effect beginning January 2005.Town council members passed the first reading of an ordinance increasing water rates by $2 per month and sewer fees by 50 cents per month. Senior rates will increase by $1 a month for water and 50 cents for sewer. Rates for out-of-town water and sewer users will increase by $3 per month.”The rate increases are for operational costs,” said Town Administrator Steve Rippy. “We increased the rates by $1 last year and we’ve seen a total $5 increase in rates over the past five years.”In other council business:In keeping with other municipalities, town council members approved the first reading of an ordinance limiting adult entertainment establishments within town limits to industrial zones and requiring a conditional use permit in order to operate.”We currently have no ordinance in effect regulating adult entertainment,” Rippy said. “We’re the only community in the valley that doesn’t have any regulations.”The only industrial zone in the town is located south of the Colorado River.The new ordinance defines “adult entertainment” as businesses such as adult book stores and those allowing nudity.”We reviewed ordinances up and down the valley to make sure ours was fair,” Rippy said. “This pretty much mirrors the ordinances established in Silt and Rifle.”The new ordinance will have a second reading at the next town council meeting on Dec. 7. If passed, it will go into effect in early January.

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