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As recommended by the Napoleon water and sewer committee, Napoleon Council has approved the first reading of a hike in water rates for 2014.   The measure was approved at the Monday night session, and means Napoleon customers would be looking at a 3% increase for each of the next three years; if this legislation passes on all three readings.   The move was made to keep the Napoleon water fund solvent, heading toward operation of the new water distribution and treatment plant, which should be completed sometime around 2016. 

Council went into executive session for discussion of pending litigation; but no action was taken.

And a resident approached Napoleon Council concerning an issue with a sewer repair situation on West Clinton Street.   The question is, who is responsible for the repair, since the break-down is in the city right-of-way.   Napoleon council seemed to be divided on who should pay the bill; and more discussion is scheduled on this topic later.

Council is working on the budget at this time; and their planning for another discussion session next Monday, when they’ll be working on Napoleon’s revenue projections for 2014.    Safety and fire contracts with surrounding townships will also be part of that agenda. 

Specs were also approved for some new air packs needed by the Napoleon fire department, to provide equipment when entering smoky situations.  A grant is helping to fund that purchase.


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