The increase, City Manager Gary Brinkley has explained, is the result of $21 million in improvements needed to the city’s water and wastewater systems over the next five years. Most of those projects, he said, will be bonded, with the bonds to be repaid from the rate increase.
Despite a lack of feedback from the public, Arkadelphia city directors say they’re in agreement that an increase in water rates is needed.
The City of Arkadelphia is anticipating a rate adjustment to its monthly water fees. Rates will continue rising on an annual basis until 2026. The City Board of Directors have yet to vote on which combination of base and unit rates and annual percentage increases.
Charles Summerford, a local civil engineer passed away after a long illness this year on December 4th. Charles was probably more responsible for the progressive development of our area of Arkansas than since the pioneer settler, Jacob Barkman, brought much needed supplies to Arkadelphia from New Orleans aboard the his vessel the “ The Dime”, the first steamboat to navigate the Ouachita River.