GIBSON —Gibson plans to raise its water and sewer rates by a total of $4, officials announced this week.
The Gibson Board of Commissioner considered the increase during the monthly board meeting on Thursday.
Mayor Ronnie Hudson told the commissioners the town has no other choice but to raise the rates. Gibson saw its utility costs increase by $9,000 this year. The increase would be the first in about 15 year, town officials said.
“Right now the minimal amount is $45, so it will be $49,” Hudson said. “The state has been after us for years to raise our rates … they want us to raise $60 or $70 a month minimal.”
The proposed increase would include a $3 increase for water and a $1 increase in sewer. It is expected to take effect in July.
“We can’t continue to eat it, we’re not even breaking even now,” Hudson said.
In other business, commissioners voted to move forward with a contractor for roof and electrical work on a building that the town owns.
There were two bids for the project. One company offered a total bid of $13, 900 for a metal roof or $12,900 for shingles. The other bid was $8,000 for shingles and $9,000 for metal.
The work has to be done before the end of the fiscal year, so the town will not lose the $18,000 set aside for the work. The town hopes to lease the building to a physician.
Commissioners voted to go with a black tin roof trimmed in white, going with the company Carteret, whose bid was $13,900.
“We need to try to get somebody in there, but we’ve got to make it presentable,” said Hudson.
The board also tabled a decision on opening the Gibson Depot museum two days a week. Proposed hours are from noon to 5 p.m.Wednesdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
Also on Thursday, the board approved an increase to the Gibson Fire Department contract with the town from $3,000 to $4,000.
Maria D. Grandy can be reached at 910-506-3171.