City lawmakers approve Lee water deal

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A water supply agreement between the city and town of Lee for the supply of water to portions of the town has been extended through resolutions passed by the city government this week.

The five-year supply term is set to end in December.

The city supplies the town with an average of 550,000 gallons of potable water per day to use. In the current contract, the town paid a rate between $3.1743 and $3.7765 per 1,000 gallons of water during the last five years.

The contracted rates continue unless agreed to in writing and resolution, according to documents.

Per the contract, the water supply supports roughly 3,400 properties in the town.

A five-year contract covering through the end of 2020 was approved by Lee Town Board members in mid July. The town and the city had been in negotiations for over four years; the town had been continuing to buy water from the city at a previously determined rate while negotiations continued.

• In other city business, a measure was passed allowing the city to contract with the First Presbyterian Church for the use of parking lots to fulfill employee parking at the Justice Building, on West Court Street.

Per the resolution, the city will pay up to $2,500 for snow plowing, and later splitting the cost with the church should the amount exceed $3,500 for the plow service during the winter. 

At a Wednesday night common council meeting, the measure was unanimously passed with the exception of councilor A. Robert Tracy who recused himself as he sits on a trustee board for the church.

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