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New water, sewer rates official for Ennis

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JIM WILLIAMS
Ellis County Press
ENNIS - New water and sewer rates for the city of Ennis were made official on 'second reading' by its commission during regular session Monday night in commission chambers at city hall.

The commission voted unanimously, as it had done in 'first reading' May 15, approving increased service charge for the water-related utilities.
Water rates for residential and commercial use will be a monthly minimum increase from $10 to $11.50 per one family unit, including apartments and water districts, or commercial unit, plus $2.47 per 1,000 gallons of water over 2,000 gallons.

Sewer rates for residential use will be a monthly minimum increase from $14 to $16.10 per one family unit, including apartments, plus $1.44 per 1,000 gallons of water over 1,000m gallons up to and including 5,000 gallons.
Commercial sewer rates will be a monthly minimum increase from $15 to $17.30, plus $1.55 per 1,000 gallons of water over 1,000 gallons.
The increases were the first in 15 years.
In other business, the city commission unanimously approved two zoning changes on 'first reading.'

A .46-acre lot at 1307 E. Ennis Ave. was amended from R-10 residential district (single family) to commercial planned development district at the request of Jeannette Blanton.
A 0.3157-acre of property at 1001 and 1003 E. Milam St. was amended from R-7 residential district (single family) to R-5 residential district (single family) at the request of David Maliska.

The commission unanimously approved the abandonment of 0.431 of an acre in the alley of Block 8, Valley View Addition between Crisp Road and East Washington Street at the request of Zion Rest Association.

The area approved was a smaller portion than originally requested.

One zoning change was unanimously approved on 'second reading.' A 0.252-acre lot at 1200 NE Main St. was amended from commercial district to R-7 residential district (single family).

Two public facilities use permits were unanimously approved.

A permit was granted for the G.W. Carver Alumni Association Parade Saturday, June 17 at 9:30 a.m.
Another permit was issued to First Presbyterian Church for closure of the northern half the 200 block of North McKinney Street Oct. 8 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church will be celebrating its 125th anniversary.

Purchase of software for the Ennis Municipal Court in the amount of $30,733 was unanimously approved.

The commission unanimously approved charge-off of delinquent utility and ambulance accounts for collection by the office of the city attorney.
Appointments to boards and commissions were unanimously tabled until the next meeting set for Monday, June 19 at 7 p.m. at city hall.
Ginger Boon and Steven Williamson recently resigned from the Ennis Historic Landmark Commission.

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