A local town is looking for a way to save from spending on sludge.
At their monthly board meeting, the Town of Monroe City talked about using dry sludge from their waste water treatment facility as fertilizer for farm fields. Some of the options discussed included a greenhouse system as well as a potential building.
The sludge project is still in the research stages. There will be more on the dry sludge at the next town board meeting.
Also during their meeting the town received their 1782 notice from the state and reported it to the public.
The town’s budget has been approved for $44,338. The town however lost $9,564 in the local roads and street department. The town also took a nearly $60,000 cut to the motor vehicle highway fund. According to the state, the nearly $60,000 cut on the motor vehicle highway budget is due to the expectation of the adopted budget.
The final reading was passed on a proposed water rate hike in Monroe City. The ordinance raised their rates five percent across the board. The increase would be roughly $0.80 cents on a water bill.
On an individual basis a bill which would be $16.17 on the current rate schedule for the water part of the bill would be $16.97.
The town board approved the hike unanimously.