When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners approved 3 percent rate increases for sewer and refuse services for 2018.

When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners approved 3 percent rate increases for sewer and refuse services for 2018.

Commissioners also voted to hire Black & Veatch Management Consulting, Kansas City, Missouri, to conduct a rate study for sewer service.

Public Works Director Mike McDonald has said the 3 percent increase for wastewater, or sewer, service will increase rates for the typical customer by less than $1 per month.

The city previously enacted 3 percent sewer rate increases for each of the last four years including 2017. And a 25 percent rate increase was approved before the start of 2013, according to information provided by City Clerk Carla Williamson.

The 3 percent increase for refuse service will increase the city's residential rate by 49 cents per month.

The city previously enacted 3 percent increases for each of the last two years.

The city will pay Black & Veatch $51,520 for the sewer rate study.

City Manager Paul Kramer said the study will help city officials form decisions next year when they are looking at the 2019 budget.

McDonald said the last time the city's sewer rates were studied in any detail was about 20 years ago.

Anna White, principal consultant for Black & Veatch, said the study will provide a five-year plan and proposed rate schedule.

Also Tuesday, commissioners approved a second memorandum of understanding with Kansas Gas Service for a Three Mile Creek stabilization project.

The project will address erosion on the north bank of Three Mile Creek in the downtown area.

Kansas Gas Service is a subsidiary of the company that owns the property where the erosion is occurring.

Earlier this year, the city entered into a memorandum of understanding with Kansas Gas Service for a 50-50 cost share for design work, which was the first phase of the project.

On Tuesday, commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding for the construction phase. For this second phase, Kansas Gas Service will reimburse the city for 65 percent of the construction costs as long as the company's share does not exceed $360,000. Any reimbursement in excess of $360,000 will require prior approval from Kansas Gas Service.

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