Water and sewer rates for the City of Alma were raised about 5 percent at a city council meeting Thursday night.

Alma City Council members approved a measure to raise water and sewer rates during their monthly meeting, with the rates going into effect immediately.

The new rates were proposed by Alma Public Works Director Mark Yardley.

Water rates in city limits increased from $4.08 to $4.28 for the first 30,000 gallons and from $2.64 to $2.77 for water consumption more than 30,000 gallons.

A minimum monthly “water only” bill, including service charges and taxes, will be $17.41, up 81 cents.

Outside city limits, water rates increased from $6.12 to $6.42 for the first 30,000 gallons and from $3.96 to $4.15 for water consumption more than 30,000 gallons.

Sewer rates for the first 15,000 gallons used increased from $3.62 to $3.80 per 1,000 gallons for the first 15,000 gallons and from $4.16 to $4.36 for any use above that.

A minimum monthly “sewer only” bill, including service charges and taxes, will be $9.02, up 42 cents.

Monthly meter service charges also increase by 5 percent, going up from $10.71 to $11.24 for water in city limits, $16.06 to $16.86 for water outside city limits and from $4.98 to $5.22 for sewer.

A measure to requiring motor bicycle and scooter drivers to have a valid driver’s license or certificate, and carry liability insurance also was approved by the city council.

According to the ordinance, the regulation affects drivers of vehicles with an automatic transmission and motor that displaces 50 cubic centimeters or less.

Said drivers must carry proof of insurance at minimum $25,000 per person for bodily injury, $50,000 per accident and $25,000 for liability property damage. Violators could incur up to $50 per occurance.

The law will go into effect in the next 30 to 60 days.

Council members also approved amendments to a code ordinance. The amendments restrict “dilapidated” outdoor furniture, define “weed lots” and allow the city the right to secure a lien for clean up costs.