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Bismarck aldermen approve rate hike

BISMARCK – The Bismarck Board of Aldermen approved raising the minimum natural gas usage rate during a special meeting held on Thursday.

Bismarck previously charged $7 for the first 400 cubic feet of natural gas used and 30 cents plus cost per 100 cubic feet for the next 19,600 feet thereafter. The city raised its rates to $10 for the first 400 cubic feet of natural gas used and 32 cents plus cost per 100 cubic feet for the next 19,600 feet thereafter.

“We are still lower than other towns,” said Bismarck Mayor Bill Petrie. “With the loss of gas customers to electric companies, we had to do this.”

Petrie said people are switching from gas to electric because of high gas rates.

The board also made final amendments to the 2004-2005 fiscal budget.

“We just moved money around to close out the fiscal year budget,” Petrie said. “In places where there were shortfalls we added money.”

The board gave the approved putting up new guttering at the City Hall.

“We are in the process of having a new roof put on city hall,” Petrie said. “Before the roof can be completed we have to have the new guttering put up.”

The guttering work will be done by Wright’s Guttering at a cost of $835.

The board agreed to budget $5,000 in the 2005-2006 fiscal year budget for a treatment plant vehicle.

“We are going to get a small pick-up truck with a camper,” Petrie said. “This way if we need to transport equipment from the treatment plant to St. Louis for repairs we will have a way to do it.”

The board discussed the 2005-2006 fiscal year budget and it will be voted on June 28.

They tabled measures dealing with city vehicle insurance and the Depot Committee’s request for a contribution for the re-roofing of the Depot.

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