Thursday, June 18, 2009

Cookeville Council Approves Rate Hike

The Cookeville city council has approved a rate hike for water and sewer services, in part to pay for needed improvements to the system. Water Department director Ronnie Kelly says the average customer will see an increase of a couple of dollars a month. City council member Ricky Shelton requested that the implementation of the increase be put off -- given the state of the economy. But the majority of the council voted to proceed with the increase, which goes into effect as of July 1st. Also Thursday night, the council gave final reading to the city budget for next year with no tax hike; they renamed the Cookeville Drama Center to the Cookeville Performing Arts Center; and they approved a change in the scope of services for designing improvements to West Cemetery Rd. City officials say the original plan was to have the work done inhouse, but they have decided to put it out for bid instead.