Newcastle City Council briefly discussed increasing water rates at Monday’s regular meeting.

Newcastle is a City of Graham wholesale water customer with Fort Belknap Water Corp. lines distributing the water to Newcastle.

The City of Graham is set to raise its water rates at its Sept. 26 meeting with the increases to show up on October bills as a result of its upcoming water system improvement project.

Mayor Steve Sosinski said it’s likely the council will call a special meeting once Graham announces its higher rates.

“If they’re going to start billing us Oct. 1, we should start billing,” said Council member Robbie Larance.
Sosinski again brought up a public nuisance ordinance for approval that was met with some contention and no action was taken.

There was also some discussion of starting a Neighborhood Watch after disappointment in response from the Young County Sheriff’s Office to a recent spate of property crimes in the area.

Council member Jerry Short submitted his resignation effective Sept. 30. Sosinski suggested the candidate with the next closest number of votes in the May election be appointed.

Jo Cox lost the election to council member Melba Quaid by three votes.