Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette The Clarkson City Commission discussed sewer rates and fire department insurance coverage at a special called meeting Wednesday night.

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

The Clarkson City Commission discussed sewer rates and fire department insurance coverage at a special called meeting Wednesday night.

The Clarkson City Commission approved raising the sewer rates to meet the requirements for their Sewer Rehabilitation Project loan at their special called meeting Wednesday night.

The new rates will be $18.96 for the first 1,500 gallons and an additional $11.05 for each 1,000 gallons after that.

They chose to use the minimum rate increase allowed to meet the requirements of the loan.

The increased sewer rates plus $12.00 for garbage will result in a minimum bill of $30.96.

This will take effect, starting in August.

Additionally at an earlier special called meeting, the commissioners discussed Rural Development's approval for their request of an additional $400,000 loan and $100,000 grant.

The loan is to be paid back over a period of 40 years with a 2.37 percent interest rate.

In other business:

*The commissioners approved changing the fire department's insurance policy to that of the county.

Jeff Stiles with the Volunteer Firefighters Insurance Service explained everything the new policy will entail, including being under umbrella coverage with East Grayson County, Wax, Anneta and Falls of Rough fire departments.

He said each fire department will pay its own bill and they will not share limits or aggregates.

According to Stiles, all of the fire departments will have a $7,727.12 annual premium that will cover all of their vehicles and properties.

Clarkson Fire Department currently has 12 vehicles and two properties on the policy.

He said the premium will change for each department depending on changes they make and the policy will be averaged again at the beginning of the next year.

With their previous insurance, the Clarkson Fire Department was paying over $12,000 a year, and according to Judge/Executive Kevin Henderson, the other fire departments were paying just as much, if not more for their insurance.

Switching companies will save the county over $18,000 each year, according to Stiles. He said VFIS also has the broadest coverage, which provides the fire departments with several millions of dollars in coverage for each department.

*The commissioners discussed the replacement of the air conditioner condenser for the fire department's Engine 91. According to commissioner Ed Schott, the air conditioner went out on the truck and a new one can be purchased online for $400.

The fire fighters want to try to install the condenser themselves in order to save money, but if they can't, they will have to find someone to install it.

Mayor Bonnie Henderson has the authority to authorize purchases up to $1,000, so the fire department will be able to purchase the condenser they found.