In response to rising costs from the Grayson County Water District, the City of Caneyville is raising its water rates for customers by 12 percent.

In the summer of 2016, the Grayson County Water District addressed the Caneyville City Commission about the need to raise the cost of water due to increased regulations, and, in February of 2017, a rate study was done with the help of Kentucky Rural Water to begin to determine how the city should best address the increase in regards to increasing its own water rates.

Next Thursday, Feb. 22, the City of Caneyville will begin paying the increased water cost of $3.076 per 1,000 gallons. Previously, the city paid $2.11 per 1,000 gallons. City Clerk/Treasurer Connie Gootee said the city averages around 125,000 gallons of water used per month.

To ensure the city does not lose money, the City Commission was required, during its Monday, Feb. 12 regular meeting, to set a water rate increase, and, after an extended discussion, the Commission settled on a 12 percent rate increase.

The 12 percent increase will equate to a $1.86 increase per month on in-town customers' minimum water bills and a $2.32 increase per month on out-of-town customers' minimum water bills.

The Commission held its first reading of the amended water rates ordinance on Monday night, and, during a special meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Commission voted to pass and adopt the amended water rates ordinance following its second and final reading.

The changes to in-town Caneyville water customers' rates will be as follows:

The rate on the first 1,500 gallons used per month (the minimum bill) will increase from $15.44 to $17.30.

The rate on the next 3,000 gallons used per month will increase from $6.65 per 1,000 gallons to $7.45 per 1,000 gallons.

The rate on the next 5,000 gallons used per month will increase from $5.37 per 1,000 gallons to $6.01 per 1,000 gallons.

Lastly, the rate on all over 9,500 gallons per month will increase from $4.15 per 1,000 gallons to $4.65 per 1,000 gallons.

The changes to out-of-town Caneyville water customers' rates will be as follows:

The rate on the first 1,500 gallons used per month (the minimum bill) will increase from $19.31 to $21.63.

The rate on the next 3,000 gallons used per month will increase from $8.12 per 1,000 gallons to $9.09 per 1,000 gallons.

The rate on the next 5,000 gallons used per month will increase from $6.53 per 1,000 gallons to $7.31 per 1,000 gallons.

Lastly, the rate on all over 9,500 gallons per month will increase from $4.54 per 1,000 gallons to $5.08 per 1,000 gallons.

These new rates will be reflected on Caneyville water customers' bills mailed on April 1, 2018.

Caneyville's sewer rates remain unchanged at this time; though, the amended water rates ordinance states that the City of Caneyville reserves the right to adjust its water and sewer rates due to increases in costs.

According to Gootee, the last time the City of Caneyville raised its water rates was five years ago as required by the state.

In other business at Monday's meeting:

•The City Commission gave approval for Utilities Superintendent Jacob Crume to meet with Joe Bailey, of Water Management Services, LLC, regarding the replacement of some of the city's asbestos water pipe (which is not hazardous for drinking water).

According to Bailey, over a period of time, the pipe weakens and fails, and Caneyville's pipes are about to reach their life expectancy. Mayor James Embry said this has led to numerous water leaks.

Bailey is expected to present a quote for the cost of replacing the asbestos pipes with PVC pipes at a future meeting. He said the project could take up to three years to complete if the city opts to pursue it.

There is no charge for the initial consultation and the price quote.

•Gootee announced that the 2018 Caneyville Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 31 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

•The City Commission reminded attendees that Thursday marked the opening of new restaurant Dinner Bell Buffet and Antiques. The restaurant is open Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to ?

•The City Commission entered executive session to discuss personnel.

Upon returning to regular session, the City Commission voted to hire Chris Brooks as a full-time utilities employee at a rate of $14.50 per hour.

•This year's Easter program will be held on March 24, 25, and 30.