Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette Clarkson Commissions (left to right) Ed Schott, Bob Vincent, Scotty Gore, Mayor Bonnie Henderson, Debra Meyers, Joyce Bell discuss increasing sewer rates.

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

Clarkson Commissions (left to right) Ed Schott, Bob Vincent, Scotty Gore, Mayor Bonnie Henderson, Debra Meyers, Joyce Bell discuss increasing sewer rates.

At the regularly scheduled Clarkson City Commission meeting, the commissioners approved a 15 percent increase for the city's sewer bills, in order to show that the loan taken out for the Sewer Rehab Project can be re-paid.

For the first 1,500 gallons, the rate will increase from $15.13 to $17.40, and for every 1,000 after the initial 1,500, the rate will increase from $8.82 to $10.14.

The changes will take effect on March 1.

According to Mayor Bonnie Henderson, this was the lowest rate increase that could be provided to the customers.

Henderson said the USDA Rural Development required the city to increase rates to prove that Clarkson would be able to pay back the loan as scheduled before any money would change hands. Henderson said all of the money raised from this rate increase will be used to pay back the loan for the Sewer Rehab Project.

The Commissioners want to assure citizens that this rate increase will not affect the garbage rates, which will remain the same.

In other business:

• The City of Clarkson will be running as usual on President's Day, which will also be used as a snow make-up day for the schools.

• Mayor Henderson will be reading to a Clarkson Elementary Kindergarten class on Friday, March 2, in honor of "Read Across America Day," which has taken place annually, since 1998 on Dr. Seuss' birthday. This year he would have been 114 years old.

• The Commissioners signed a resolution proclamation to get access to the Kentucky Utilities Rail Tracking System, KURTS, which allows them access to the transportation Department's invoice billing software. According to Henderson, the road widening will be starting within the next year. She said utilities are expected to be moved this year, and they expect to move dirt in 2019.

• Mayor Henderson said that there are several residences have garbage out of control. She said that letters have been sent to the landlords of these properties, resulting in very little clean up. City Attorney Tom Goff has spoken to County Attorney Clay Ratley about this and they have decided to start citing and fining landlords for this ongoing problem.

Henderson said, "I'm tired of the town being trashed."

• According to Henderson, the firehouse roof will be started within the next week or so, whenever the rain lets up.

• The Sewer Department has been able to purchase a truck, a 2011 GMC Sierra, with a flatbed and all wheel drive for $10,100 from Cynthiana, KY.

• The other two vehicles previously used for the Sewer Department, a 1993 Ford Ranger, purchased in Sept. 2015 and a 2001 Jeep Cherokee, purchased Nov. 2015 are no longer in working order and were declared surplus by the Commissioners. These vehicles will be sold to Neil Edwards as scrap metal for $300 for the Ford and $500 for the Jeep. The Suburban that was borrowed from the county will be returned.

• According to Fire Chief Andy Cain, the Clarkson Fire Department does lift assists for Grayson County EMS and sometimes the firefighters get injured in doing so. The Commissioners are worried that this will negatively impact future recruitment of volunteer firefighters.

The Commissioners said that in order for firefighters to get workman's comp, they will need to report the injury to Clarkson City Hall immediately. Cain and the Commissioner will be working on a checklist for firefighters to complete if they happen to be injured, so they can get workman's comp benefits.

• Dr. Cox of Soul Clinic of Kentucky offers free classes in drug rehab, suicide prevention, mental illness, etc. to help people get through their struggles. His website is ulcscki.org. He works with social workers with the jails and other organizations through peer support.

•Mayor Henderson and the Clarkson Commissioners signed a proclamation encouraging citizens to "remember and commemorate America's entry into the Great War and the great sacrifices that awaited its citizens 100 years ago," proclaiming Feb. 12, 2018 through summer 2019 as "WWI Centennial Remembrance" in the City of Clarkson.

• Clarkson's annual Easter Egg hunt will take place Sat. March, 31 at 2 p.m.

• Clarkson City Clerk Scotty Gore wants to remind the citizens of Clarkson that "Spring Clean-up" will take place from April 2 through April 5 in Clarkson City limits. They will pick up unwanted furniture, appliances, etc., but will not pick up tires, tree limbs, grass clippings, leaves, etc.