Perry passes wastewater, soccer fee adjustments

chwright@macon.comJanuary 15, 2013 

PERRY -- City households could have just a bit more money -- albeit just enough for a man’s haircut -- after City Council passed a fee schedule adjustment at its first action meeting of the year.

Along with approving slight decreases in residential wastewater and recreational soccer fees, City Council also set a speed limit on the Ball Street extension and reviewed two large truck problems.

Lee Gilmour, city manager, said City Council adjusted wastewater fees to equalize usage of the system versus the cost to the customer. The adjustment gives a slight decrease to residential customers, which was shifted through a slight increase for industrial, apartments and commercial customers.

“It’s a relatively minor adjustment both ways,” said Mayor Jimmy Faircloth.

For a residence that uses 65 units in a billing cycle, the bill will decrease about $1.20. A house using 130 units would decrease about $8.40.

Parents whose children play soccer could more than double those savings with the second adjustment. Players in the under 6 category will pay $3 less, and players in the under age 8 category will pay $10 less. The fees for new players are now $43 and $70 respectively.

Registration for youth soccer, ages 4 to 14, began Thursday and will end Jan. 27.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, council set the speed limit on Ball Street between Larry Walker Parkway and Tucker Road at 45 miles per hour.

The extension was built to give an alternative route for log trucks delivering to Tolleson Lumber, other than driving through downtown on roads not meant to handle the weight of such trucks.

But Gilmour told council at its precouncil meeting Tuesday that the trucks are still going through downtown because some are coming from the northern sides of the city.

Gilmour showed council a map of routes for those drivers, but it didn’t appear the city has many other options than the trucks traveling through the city or all the way around it to get to the south entrance.

“It is a work in progress,” Faircloth said, noting the city might have to enforce strict no truck laws if the trucks aren’t amenable to alterative route suggestions.

Council also reviewed an amendment to the city’s Land Development ordinance that would prohibit commercial trucks from parking in neighborhoods long term.

The item arose from a truck that had been parked along Houston Lake Road, near Perry Parkway, for months.

It was used as a billboard advertising numerous ventures, according to Gilmour and Faircloth.

The new measure does not prohibit trucks from delivering items within neighborhoods or residents from taking home business vehicles that will be moved during the day.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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