NEWBURG — It will be a year before construction can begin on the Independence water project, Newburg council learned at its most recent meeting.

The project will allow the town to extend the water line as far as the former Independence School.

On Dec. 5, council also approved first reading of an amended ordinance to raise sewer rates.

The current minimum sewer bill is $28.95. The new minimum bill will be $34.74. The second reading of the ordinance will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 9.