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Richmond strikes deal with Henrietta

The water will soon be flowing from Richmond to the residents of Henrietta.
On Saturday the Henrietta Board of Aldermen approved a contract with Richmond to provide water services to the city.
As a result, Henrietta will shut down the city’s water plant. The city will still use the water tower; however, the water tower will temporarily be out of service. The board approved a contract for about $34,000 to have the tower inspected and painted.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources mandated the inspection and painting of the tower last year but granted the city more time because they were pursuing the agreement with Richmond.
Richmond will charge Henrietta half the residential base rate plus $0.50 per 1,000 gallons.
The Richmond City Council approved the contract last week.
City Clerk Margie Long reported that the Missouri Rural Water and Wastewater Committee would be meeting on Thursday and would discuss the city’s grant application. Long said DNR will grant a $100,000 loan to the city but the committee has to decide whether or not they will supplement the loan with additional grant funding. The city wants to replace many of its aging water lines.
In other actions:
Long reported that the city will make it’s first report to the city of Richmond on the progress of storm water infiltration suppression efforts. Long said to date the city has spent all of the credited money on infiltration. Richmond has reduced the sewer rate Henrietta pays temporarily, provided they spend the money on infiltration.
Some personnel moves were made Saturday after a nearly 90 minute closed session by the board. The board dismissed part-time police officer and maintenance worker Chris George while two other employees in the maintenance department will switch positions. One employee is part time, the other is full time.
Several other items were tabled for further discussion including penalties for water shut offs and an ordinance for sump pump inspections.

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