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Purcell residents will see an increase in their sewer rates starting July 1.

The Purcell Public Works Authority on Monday approved a resolution adopting the first rate hike since 2011.

Residential sewer rates will go up 41 percent, from the present $8.50 to $12 per month for up to 999 gallons.

From 1,000 to 5,000 gallons, the rate per 1,000 gallons will be $1.05. That is a 40 percent increase over the existing 75 cents.

For 5,001 and above, the rate per 1,000 gallons will be $1.25.

Commercial sewer rates will change as follows:

• Up to 999 gallons, increase 100 percent from $8.50 to $17.

• Per 1,000 gallons up to 5,000 gallons, increase 60 percent from 75 cents to $2.

• Per 1,000 gallons for 5,001 gallons and up, increase 100 percent from $1.25 to $2.50.

Trustees tabled action on a possible water rate adjustment.

The authority also awarded a contract for an emergency sewer improvement project to Matthews Trenching.

The company’s low bid of $286,100 was for pipe bursting 1,400 linear feet of 12-inch sanitary sewer line, 320 feet of boring and a 20-inch steel casing under I-35, constructing three new manholes and sodding. 

The city council approved a budget amendment increasing capital outlay appropriations of $59,000 for the city’s portion of a joint paving project with McClain County on 230th Street.

They also approved $26,000 funding for the Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce for 2019-20 and approved the 2019-20 contract to lease space in the Purcell Public Schools’ Human Resources Center for the Purcell Public Library.

Council members also voted to rezone six acres at 23265 Johnson Road from agricultural to residential, allowing the property owner to sell half of the land.


This story has been corrected to reflect commercial rate changes.

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