A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18 for the proposed city council water meter rate increases and proposed fire service rates for the city of Winnemucca by ordinance modification. 
Public comments will be heard during the hearing at 2:15 p.m. at Winnemucca City Hall, 90 W. Fourth Street in Winnemucca. 
The rate increases are a total per month and do not change based on water usage. The current rates which range from $1.65 to $72.05 will be increased to range from $11.00 to $480.33 per month based on the meter size for both residential and commercial service. 
The monthly rates for fire protection line connection fee which currently range from $5.30 to $35.15 based upon connection size will be increased to range from $35.33 to $234.33. 
Copies of the proposed ordinance are available for public inspection at Winnemucca city hall. 
In addition to setting the public hearing for the water meter rates, the following business also occurred at the February 4 city council meeting, with all city council members present:
• A variance application with a request to construct a 4-story Hampton Inn hotel that is 53’ 6 ¾” in height at 930 W. Winnemucca Boulevard was approved unanimously. The current municipal code allows a maximum building height of 35 feet but has not been updated since the City of Winnemucca Volunteer Fire Department acquired a ladder truck that can accomodate larger buildings. 
• City council members unanimously approved a request by Dana Toth with the Historic Resources Commission to submit a passdown grant with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to attend the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions FORUM in Tacoma, Wash. 
• A request for grant of a utility easement to NV Energy to provide electrical power to the building being constructed on property jointly owned by the city of Winnemucca and Humboldt County at 3340 Bengochea Circle was approved unanimously. 
• City Manager/Engineer Alicia Heiser said a request for proposals for a swimming pool feasibility study in Winnemucca has been sent to several firms, with responses due back on February 21, 2020. 
The following business items are also on the agenda for the February 18 council meeting:
• Request to close Melarkey Street in front of St. Pauls’ Catholic church on Tuesday February 25, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to trim trees.
• Armstrong Consultants proposal to provide professional engineering and consulting services for airport projects.
• Fiscal year 2018-2019 financial administration audit of funds and accounts and financial report. 
• Police department request for confirmation of the Mayor’s appointment of David L. Garrison as Winnemucca Police Chief. 
• Ongoing agenda item – proposals for developing a plan for maintaining, rehabilitating, reconstructing or abandoning the Bode Howard Memorial Pool and options for funding and developing a new aquatics center.