The McLendon-Chisolm City Council received a report on possible wastewater rate increases and approved a letter of engagement for auditing services at its regularly-scheduled meeting Tuesday night.

Mayor Pro Tem Jim Bloom and Council Member Trudy Woessner were not in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting.

Dan Jackson with Wildan Financial presented the findings of a wastewater rate study commissioned by the city for the Sonoma Verde District. According to the report, water and wastewater rates in the U.S. are expected to triple over the next 15 years.

McLendon-Chisolm currently charges $55 monthly for residential wastewater rates, which Jackson said is about average for cities in North Texas.

The report proposed the adoption of a five-year plan, which would increase the rates by 5 percent each year for the next half-decade. This would be to keep up with rising costs of treatment, inflation and other factors.

This would mean that in the final year of the plan in October of 2023, wastewater rates for residents would reach $70.20.

No action was taken to adopt a rate increase, as the council wished to discuss possible cost increases with the North Texas Municipal Water District at the next council meeting on Oct. 22.

The council approved letters of engagement with Murrey Paschall & Caperton, P.C. to perform financial auditing services for both the city of McLendon-Chisolm and the Sonoma Verde Public Improvement District at a cost of $11,000 and $6,000, respectively.

The audits are expected to begin in December and the findings are scheduled to be brought before the council in March.

Also approved was a final plat for a 6.188 acre parcel of land on Smith Road south of FM 550.

In addition, the council designated the Rockwall County Herald-Banner as the newspaper of record for legal notices, and the Dallas Morning News as an alternate paper. The program for the Nov. 11 Veterans Day event in the city was also approved.

The council moved to appoint members Williams Dahl and Tim Bloom to the Comprehensive Review Plan Review Committee. Two members of the Planning and Zoning Committee will also make up the group.

A motion was passed to cancel the scheduled meetings for Nov. 26 and Dec. 24 because of the holiday season.

The next regularly-scheduled meeting of the McLendon-Chisolm City Council is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at city hall at 1371 West FM 550.

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