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101 1st St NE
Box 12
Bowman, ND 58623-0012

Bowman to see water, garbage rate increase at start of 2015

November 14, 2014

By BRYCE MARTIN | Pioneer Editor |

Bowman will see an increase in its bulk water and garbage fees at the beginning of next year.

Fees for the use of the city of Bowman’s bulk water station, located near the city shop at 305 4th St. NE, is set to increase by $3 per 1,000 gallons.

The station is primarily used by farmers, oil companies and chemical companies that need to fill large tanks of water.

The bulk water rate went up “to be more competitive with other bulk water rates in the area,” according to Bowman City Commission President Lyn James.

“It would be the large users that it would affect,” James said.

Residences in Bowman will be unaffected by that increase.

As stated within the Bowman city ordinance, utility rates shall be fixed by resolution of the governing body and the city reserves the right to change the rates as it deems best.

An increase to the city’s refuse collection rate, however, will affect homeowners, but James considered the increase minimal.

Weekly pickup of residential can garbage will increase Jan. 1 by 50 cents per month, Dumpster fees will increase by 50 cents per pickup and the mileage rate for out of town refuse customers will increase by 50 cents.

And $1 was added to the city’s Sur Fund, funds of which are used by the city in times of emergency situations. Beginning Jan. 1, the total paid by city households will be $2 for the Sur Fund.

“It never is enough,” James said.

With somewhere between 800 and 1,000 meters in the city, a $1 per month increase doesn’t mean much for big projects, such as the recent city sewer main break, but it helps, James said.