LIMA — The city plans an estimated $12 million drinking water project that will increase water rates by more than 9 percent.
The project is needed to meet environmental requirements that change in 2012, according to a letter City Council will receive Monday from Deputy Utilities Director Mike Caprella.
The Utilities Department is seeking permission to go out to bid on the granular activated carbon project and hopes to be under construction at the water treatment plant by this summer, lasting for 18 months.
Water rates will increase by 9 percent in March and then again when a firm price on the project is known, Caprella said.
By law, the mayor can raise water rates without council approval. Council must approve sewer rate increases.
In other business, council will:
• Vote on placing a new round of charter changes on the May ballot for a citywide vote.
• Hear from Marcel Wagner, with the Allen Economic Development Group, regarding the group’s annual report.
• Hear from city Community Development Director Amy Sackman Odum regarding the city land bank program and Police Chief Greg Garlock regarding annual crime statistics.
• Vote on legislation concerning renewing the city’s contract with its health insurance provider, fire vehicle and equipment contracts and police computer and video camera contracts.
Lima City Council
7 p.m. Monday
Council chambers, 50 Town Square