GLENWOOD | The Village Board will consider a sewer and water rate increase at its Feb. 4 meeting.
Trustee Paul Styles, chairman of the Public Works Committee, said it is the committee's recommendation the water and sanitary sewer depreciation fee on water bills be increased by $1.25 per month for residential customers and 8 cents per 1,000 gallons for commercial customers.
"The residential rate would then go from $5.35 per month to $6.60 per month," Styles said. "The commercial customers would go from $1.67 per thousand gallons to $1.75."
Styles said the rate increase is needed because of aging infrastructure.
"The cost of repairing our infrastructure has just gotten out of sight," he said.
Styles said the Public Works Committee also recommends the village institute a new, $5 monthly fee for handling storm water and to do storm sewer repairs.
The $5 fee would be for both residential and commercial customers.
Village President Kerry Durkin said storm sewer repairs have previously been paid for out of the sanitary sewer and water fund.
"At this point, we're going to be segregating water and sewer to get a better tracking on it based on the way it is being billed to us," Durkin said.
Patrick McAneney, public works director, said that while water rates have recently increased, that additional money has not stayed in the village.
The rates were raised in 2012 to compensate for Hammond increasing the cost for water provided and last year to pay for delivery charges imposed by Chicago Heights.
"We need to start building up our reserve," McAneney said.
Styles said if the increases and establishment of a storm sewer fund are approved next month, the changes will likely go into effect May 1, which is the start of the fiscal year.
If approved, the $1.25 increase per month and $5 monthly storm sewer charge would result in residential customers paying an additional $75 annually.