WEST FARMINGTON - Water rates in the village will increase 5 percent beginning Feb. 1.
Village Council gave final reading to the increase which applies to the base rate of up to the first 99 gallons of water used.
Clerk Jacki Mitton said users who consume less than 100 gallons are paying $27, but will see the rate increase to $28.35. In addition, a $3 reserve charge is applied for a total of $31.35. Users consuming more than 100 gallons also will see rate increases adjusted according to a rate table passed Dec. 16.
New Mayor Thomas Christlieb said council based its decision for the increase on rising costs at the water treatment plant and other expenses.
Christlieb, who had served as council president in 2013, took over as mayor following the retirement after 16 years of Allen Patchin. Christlieb was sworn in as the new mayor at the Dec. 16 meeting when the rate increase was approved.
He said a 3 percent water rate increase approved a few years ago had been insufficient to cover growing expenses for plant operations and employees.
''We had to have an increase to continue operations,'' Christlieb said. Aside from the 3 percent increase, Christlieb said it had been quite a long time since the last increase to water users in the village.
In other action, council approved new contracts with the police chief and three officers, zoning inspector and street commissioner, with no pay adjustments.
In other business, council set next year's regular meeting time as 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the village hall, 251 Fourth St.