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Ludowici adopts new water rate structure
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LUDOWICI - The Ludowici City Council adopted a new method of billing for city water and sewage at the March 11 meeting.
Water department clerk Lori Cloninger presented a proposal that would increase the base rate for local businesses to $51 for water, sewage and garbage pickup, and $34 for water and sewage only.  This figure would be for the use of up to 5,000 gallons.  If the business used more than that, the rate would increase.
According to Cloninger, the residential rate would not see an increase, unless the home used more 5,000 gallons during the billing cycle.  The residential rate would be $38 for water, sewage, and garbage pick-up, and $26 without the garbage service.
This rate would also be based on a single bill for an individual resident or business, and if there were multiple businesses or residents in a structure, each would be billed separately, on a stand-alone-basis.
According to water superintendent James Fuller Sr., "Residents won't see an increase unless they go over the 5,000 gallons, but what this will do is help to make people who have leaks in their homes repair them; because if they don't their bill will have a higher rate."
Acting Police Chief Richard Robertson also gave a report to the council stating that, "Since mid February we have been instrumental in removing two well-known drug dealers off the streets of Ludowici."
Robertson also informed the group that there had been no reports of burglaries during February or any reports of anyone illegally entering parked vehicles during the month.  According to the chief, during December and January, there several vehicles broken into. He also reported that there had been six drug arrests, 84 traffic citations and two felony arrests.
Robertson also said he had begun issuing the new department uniforms to officers, and that they had been purchased at no cost to the city.
Long County Commissioner Mike McGowan reported on the new E-911 proposal, saying the plan was "on schedule and going well." He also reported that the address verification process for the city and county had to be at 98 percent and it currently was over 90 percent.
In other business related to 911, Mayor Myrtice Warren, informed McGowan she and the other Council Members had discussed at the February meeting the possibility of increasing the county's 911 Supplement from $500 to $1000 per week.  She told him she would probably be getting with Commissioners about the issue.  McGowan said, he and the other Commissioners were always open to dialogue with the Mayor and the Council.
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