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New Year, new water project woes


January 17, 2018

Mark Hebert

Malta City Council for 2017. The Malta City Council held their first meeting of 2017 last Tuesday night at Malta City Hall. Pictured are, l to r, Councilman William Hicks, Councilman James Sintler, Mayor John Demarais, Councilman David Rummel and Councilwoman Bonnie Wiederrick.

It is a new year, with a new mayor, but some things never seem to change as problems with City of Malta’s water project persist.

At last Tuesday night's Malta City Council meeting — the first of 2018 and the first for new City Mayor John Demarais — the Council approved a motion to begin the process of raising water rates for the second time in 19-months (the first rate increase occurred in July of 2016 to help secure loans and funding for a city-wide water improvement project.)

Mayor Demarais explained that he and Malta City Clerk and Treasurer Lorie Bond recently had a conference c...

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