Reynoldsburg City Council approved an ordinance Monday to amend the city's water and sewer rate schedule, which means residents and businesses will pay higher rates effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Reynoldsburg City Council approved an ordinance Monday to amend the city's water and sewer rate schedule, which means residents and businesses will pay higher rates effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Service-safety director Pam Boratyn said Reynoldsburg uses the city of Columbus for its water and sewer services. Whenever Columbus raises its rates, the additional charge is traditionally passed on to users.

Reynoldsburg's current water rate is $4.28 per 1,000 gallons of use. The new rate will be $4.64, an increase of 8.5 percent.

The current sewer rate is $5.43 per 1,000 gallons. The new rate will be $5.75, an increase of 6 percent.

City auditor Richard Harris said rate hikes last year for water and sewer service were 5 percent. He attributed those increases to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requirement that Columbus upgrade its water and sewer facilities.

In other business Monday, parks and recreation director Jason Shamblin said a second round of bids for a new roof on the Senior Citizens Center still came in over the $22,000 engineer's estimate.

The senior center, located on Davidson Drive next to Huber Park, was built in 1987 and has its original roof. Shamblin said some leaks have been discovered throughout the years and former parks and recreation director Paul Walsh began taking steps to get the roof repaired before he left his city job earlier this year.

Shamblin said the city advertised for bids on Aug. 15 and Oct. 7.

"We had four companies put bids in the first time, three of which were rejected because the paperwork was incomplete, and the fourth company (Midwest Roofing) bid 10 percent over the estimate," he said.

"We rejected those bids then rebid in October and received two bids (from Midwest Roofing and B and T Roofing) and both were over $30,000 this time, therefore noncompliant to our engineer's estimate."

Shamblin said he didn't know why the bids came in over estimate and didn't want to speculate on the reasons.

"We'll rebid, probably in the spring, and the estimates might be similar, depending on the materials and anything else that might change the cost," he said.

Shamblin said the senior center roof should hold up until then.