SEASIDE - Two rate increases were passed by the Seaside City Council Monday.

The first rate increase covers sewer service within the city. Funds generated by the 3.8 percent increase will cover an increase in utility rates as well as sludge disposal at the waste treatment facility.

The second increase is a 2 percent hike in the price of water access and demand. This increase was applied as a companion to the sewer increase and will cover any increases in utility costs.

The increases were applied as part of the city's annual readjustment of rates. Both increases will be reflected for the first time during the August billing cycling and will affect anyone on the city sewer and water system.

Other council business:

? Mayor Don Larson asked for a moment of silence in honor of Joshua Lampien who was killed Sunday in a traffic accident. Larson said flags around the city would be at half-staff until Lampien's funeral.

? The budget for the 2007-08 fiscal year was passed, giving the city $35,746,032 with which to operate over the next year.

? Coleman Beghtol, a retired Seaside High School teacher, was appointed to the Library Board to replace Mary Jean Walker who resigned June 1.

? Astoria private practice attorney, Ron Woltjer, was appointed pro tem judge for the Municipal Court.

? Two parcels of property were annexed by the city. The first is located in the southern portion of the old switching yard, south of the mill ponds and the second is south of the mill ponds and east of the abandoned railroad line. Both areas were annexed with location descriptions to fulfill a requirement by the Oregon Department of Revenue.

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