At the October 8 meeting, the Hopkins City Council approved a 15 percent increase in the sewer and water rates to take effect January 1, 2019.

The last increase in rates was January 2016, and before, that January 2012. There have been increasing costs and will be upcoming major expenses for improvements to keep the water and sewage plants compliant with State of Missouri regulations and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

“There are things we’re going to have to address the next few years on infrastructure,” said Mayor Kelly Morrison.

Per month, current residential rates for the first 1,000 gallons are $28.75 for water and $16.10 for sewer, with a minimum charge of $44.85 per residence. The average usage for each Hopkins residence is 4,000 gallons or $85.91.

With a 15 percent increase, the first 1,000 gallons will be $33.06 for water and $18.52 for sewer, for a minimum charge of $51.58 per residence and $98.81 for the 4,000 gallon average.

City Clerk Dee O’Riley will prepare the ordinance for reading and approval at the November 5 city council meeting.

United Fiber is installing fiber internet in the town of Hopkins, reported Chief Operator Jack Baldwin. Each time the fiber crew breaks a waterline, Baldwin is estimating $50 for parts is paid by the city to repair. The city will check to see if these costs will be reimbursed by the company. For more information on fiber, contact United Fiber contractors at 573.397.7905.

O’Riley reported $1,656.10 has been collected on two delinquent water accounts.

Painting was started on the pump house and water plant on October 2. CCIMW Painting/Wallcovering/Industrial Coatings of St. Charles worked two days before wind and rain conditions interfered. Each building has received a primer coat.