Bloomfield to discuss bus route, utility ordinance

The Daily Times staff
A Red Apple Transit bus makes a stop on Sept. 20 on South First Street in Bloomfield. The City Council will consider a new contract with Red Apple Transit at its Monday meeting.
  • The Bloomfield city manager will recommend that the council take no action on a reduced Red Apple Transit contract.

FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield City Council is scheduled to vote on several items during its meeting Monday night, including possibly approving a new utility fee and considering a new Red Apple Transit contract.

City Manager Eric Strahl said he will recommend the councilors not approve the Red Apple Transit contract with the city of Farmington to provide a curtailed bus route between the cities due to a drop in gross receipts tax revenue. A similar motion was tabled at a Oct. 17 meeting.

The last day of service for the bus route was Sept. 30. It carried people between Bloomfield and Farmington three times a day, six days a week.

Councilors approved eliminating the positions of six full-time and two part-time city employees at a Nov. 2 meeting to help balance the city's general fund budget. In a memo to councilors and Mayor Scott Eckstein, Strahl said there was too much uncertainty for the future of the city's finances to proceed with a bus route, and the item could be revisited in the future.

The councilors will also discuss and possibly vote to post an amended utility ordinance. It will include a new $2.50 monthly fee for water and wastewater accounts. Some of the other changes include increasing the size of deposits required for users and the cost of setting up a new account with the city.

The changes in the ordinance would generate about $91,620 in annual revenue that would be used to maintain and improve the city's utility systems.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday in the council chambers at Bloomfield City Hall at 915 N. First St.