BAKER — The City Council voted Tuesday to consider two proposed ordinances aimed at increasing municipal water and sewer rates once new meters go online Sept. 1.

Council members noted that 892 residences of seniors have been paying a reduced rate of $6 per month for water and sewer services.

This costs the city nearly $17,000 monthly and more than $201,000 annually, Mayor Harold Rideau said.

Other households pay $24.80 a month for water and sewer services.

After the council’s meeting, City Attorney Ron Wall said giving senior citizens a reduced rate is illegal because the city is losing money by doing so.

A public hearing on the proposed rate increases is scheduled during the council’s Aug. 9 meeting.

Other matters coming before the council Tuesday night included:

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STREET OVERLAY: Professional Engineering Consultants Corp. of Baton Rouge was authorized by the council to seek bids on the $1.5 million street overlay project.

LAVEY LANE LOTS: The council approved resubdivision of Sue Toler’s property at 4720 Lavey Lane into two lots so that her son could build his house near hers.

MAYOR APPOINTED: Councilwoman Carlon Simpson announced that Mayor Rideau has been named to the board of commissioners of Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary.

CONDEMNATIONS: City Inspector Jack Gleason reported that a house at 1726 Chamberlain Ave. has been demolished and debris is being hauled away.

No work has been done on a house at 2142 Chamberlain Ave., Gleason said.

The owner was given until Aug. 23 to make repairs or the city will tear it down, Gleason added.