Glenwood hikes fees for water, sewer users for infrastructure improvements

2014-02-09T00:00:00Z Glenwood hikes fees for water, sewer users for infrastructure improvementsPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 09, 2014 12:00 am  • 

GLENWOOD | Residential customers will pay $75 more per year as a result of the Village Board's approval on Tuesday of an ordinance that increases the depreciation fee for water and sewer users and establishes a stormwater maintenance fee.

The $5 per month stormwater maintenance fee will be paid by residential and commercial customers.

Both groups of customers will see different increases in their monthly water and sanitary sewer depreciation fees.

"It's $1.25 per month for residential users and it's 8 cents per thousand gallons for commercial users," said Village Trustee Paul Styles, chairman of the Public Works Committee.

The residential rate will thus increase from $5.35 per month to $6.60, while the commercial rate goes from $1.67 per thousand gallons to $1.75 per thousand gallons.

Styles last month said the rate increases are necessary to address aging infrastructure in the village. The fees are expected to begin at the start of the new fiscal year, which is May 1.

With Village Trustee Rich Nielsen absent, the board voted 5-0 to approve the ordinance.

Village President Kerry Durkin said he plans to soon use money from the depreciation fund to replace broken water mains.

In other village news, Durkin received unanimous authorization from all board members present to freeze overtime if warranted by the status of the village budget.

Durkin said the village typically pays overtime in the areas of snow removal, the repairing of broken water mains and in filling vacancies in police shifts.

Department heads will now need to contact Durkin to have overtime approved.

Village Trustee Carmen Hopkins wanted to know what criteria would be used in deciding whether to approve overtime.

"I am not going to implement a freeze on overtime unless it would impact the ability for you to make your bills payable," Durkin said.

Durkin acknowledged that denying police overtime could potentially result in grievances being filed if there are violations of the police collective bargaining agreement.

Durkin told the board to expect significant cuts in the next fiscal budget due to the notice he received in December that Walmart will be moving out of Glenwood.

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