D'IBERVILLE -- Small business owners could see a reduction in costs for water and sewer after the city council this week established a new billing classification.
The city's water and sewer ordinance was changed so that small businesses won't be billed at the same rate as the large commercial businesses.
Under the new regulations the small businesses with just one or two employees will pay residential rates, said Al Gombos, director of municipal operations for D'Iberville.
Letters are going out to businesses that may quality for the lower rate, but he said the reduction isn't automatic.
Business owners must come into the water and sewer office at city hall and fill out an application to see if they meet the requirements, he said.
The council also changed the language in the ordinance that makes city garbage service mandatory in the newly annexed area and for all residents.
Mayor Rusty Quave asked if D'Iberville can get the recyclable containers on wheels that are used in some parts of South Mississippi. Gombos said the request would have to go through the Harrison County Utility Authority and it could reduce the amount the city has to pay for garbage disposal if more people recycled.
In other action this week:
n A public hearing for redistricting of the annexed area is scheduled for July 17 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
n At the July 15 meeting at 6 p.m., the council will hear public comments on a tax increment financing bond of about $1.5 million for Academy Sports off Sangani Boulevard.
n Donations of school supplies will be accepted at the D'Iberville Library for the Coastal Women for Change program to supply 800-900 local students with notebooks, pencils and other supplies.