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The City Council earlier this week voted to authorize rate modifications to utility services, effective July 1. The average residential customer will see lower monthly utility bills because of these rate adjustments.
For example, the average City customer who has water, sewer, electric, and gas will see about a $10 decrease in their monthly bill.
The Danville Utility Commission recommended the changes earlier this year following a biennial rate study. The study examined the cost of providing service, which includes power supply prices as well as ongoing infrastructure maintenance and improvements.
In other matters, the City Council voted to:
The City Council also held first readings on use of proceeds from the sale of the hydro plant for substation upgrades, and for receipt of a federal grant to purchase an inflatable shelter as well as various other materials that will assist in its use by the Emergency Management.
A first reading is an introductory step required by the City Code before some issues can be voted upon by the City Council. This step serves to provide public notice of pending action. The City Council can vote on these matters at its next meeting.
These matters took place during the Council’s business session. Also during the business session, Mayor Alonzo Jones issued proclamations for National Volunteer Week and National Service Recognition Day.
Following the business session, the Council met in a work session. In work sessions, the Council reviews non-routine matters that will be voted upon in future business meetings.
During the work session, the City Council discussed federal assistance for an engineering study of the Apple Branch watershed.
In other work session matters, the City Council reviewed the latest financial reports and a request by the Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority to authorize the creation of a 501c(3) corporation, which will permit access to grants and other funding sources for resident and youth service.