In its monthly meeting on Monday evening, the Eddyville City Council held the first reading of an ordinance amending water rates, and made a big change to its Founder's Day contribution.

The proposed water rate ordinance would amend water rates in accordance with the terms of a loan the city holds.

Though the ordinance is expected to be amended a bit before its final passage, it would raise water rates in 3 percent increments every-other year through 2026, with the first increase taking effect July 1 of this year.

A second reading of the ordinance is expected at the city's June meeting.

During new business, the council voted unanimously to make a $300 donation to the Lyon County FCCLA, which mirrors the donation made last year.

At the end of the meeting, Mayor Nancy Slaton proposed upping the city of Eddyville's contribution to the Founder's Day budget to $10,000.

Prior to this year, the city has normally contributed $2,500, raised through vendor fees, while Lake Barkley Tourism has given $7,500.

This year, there will be no vendor fees charged to set up a booth at Founder's Day, so that source of revenue is unavailable.

Much emphasis has been put on taking steps to revive the annual celebration this year, and as such more funds will be required.

Council member John Choate made a motion that the city contribute $10,000, upping the total Founder's Day budget to $17,500, and the motion passed.

The mayor noted that the next meeting of the Founder's Day Council will take place May 9 at 5 p.m. for anyone interested in hearing the discussion on exactly how the money will be spent.

There will be a special-called budget meeting of the Eddyville City Council on May 31 at 6 p.m.

The next regular meeting of the City Council will be June 4 at 6 p.m.

Both meetings will take place at Eddyville City Hall.

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