LAKEMORE  Village Council approved an ordinance to adjust the sewer base rates for residents and commercial users during the Sept. 18 council meeting.

The approved ordinance raises sewer rates for villagers and businesses by $2 a month, making the cost per quarter billing $91 for each unit. The ordinance stated the increase is necessary for sufficient funds to maintain the sewer fund. The village foresees a need to change the rate of the sanitary sewer services in order to meet operating expenses, debt obligations and capital reserve needs.

The cost increase will begin with the Oct. 1 billing.

Mayor Rick Justice reported that after inspection of the storm sewer under the road, it was determined the village has about another 20 years of a good storm sewer.

"That inspection gives us direction," he said, adding that officials can plan for what repairs and fixes will need to be done.

A resolution was also approved authorizing the mayor and police chief to enter into a four-year lease agreement with Motorola solutions for the lease of 12 radios. The first payment will be due in September 2018.

Council also heard the first read of a zoning ordinance prohibiting the keeping of ducks, chickens, turkeys, geese or other poultry within the village. The legislation stated if a violation exists, the owner or occupant of the property will be notified to correct it within 15 days. If the violation is not corrected, the matter will be referred for enforcement and prosecution. The fine for violation will be no less than $10 or more than $100 for each violation. Final approval will be at the Oct. 16 council meeting.

A resolution was read for the second time that authorizes the mayor and fire chief to apply for 2018 funding from USDA to afford the remounting of a 2006 ambulance.

Announcements:

- The Lions Club will host a quarter auction Oct. 20 at the high school.

- A Swiss steak dinner will be Oct. 21 at Lakemore United Methodist Church.

- On Oct. 28, a pancake breakfast will be at the fire department from 8 a.m. to noon; a Halloween Party at 1 p.m. at the Municipal Building; Trick or Treat will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.; and Trunk or Treat will be held at Lakemore United Methodist Church from 5 to 7 p.m.

- A Taste of Japan dinner will be held Nov. 4 to benefit the Share a Christmas program. Tickets are on sale at the police department for $25 for a couple, $15 for a single and $10 for kids. 80 tickets will be sold.

- The Lakemore Food Pantry operates the last Wednesday of each month at Lakemore United Methodist Church from 6 to 7 p.m.

Next council meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Oct. 2 at the Municipal Building.