SCHNEIDER | After six years of using a private well in violation of town ordinance, a local business will be getting hooked up for municipal water and sewer utilities.
Winkle Environmental Systems will pay $1,518 to connect to the town's systems.
Councilman Jack Jeralds, at-large, said Monday work will begin this week on the project.
Board President Richard Ludlum, at-large, said, "A previous administration gave WES permission to have a well against town ordinance."
He said no legal expenses were incurred in convincing WES to tap in. He said the delay in connecting WES was due, in large part, to the loss of records from a previous clerk/treasurer.
Councilman Stephen Wilson, at-large, questioned the decision by Ludlum and Jeralds to approve the purchase of supplies for the project in advance of a formal agreement.
Utility customers in Schneider were hit with a hefty utility cost increase approved in December by the Town Council and seen on April bills.
Schneider Clerk-Treasurer Jenny Beier said, despite advising residents of the pending increase in the 2013 monthly newsletters, residents were calling Town Hall to complain.
Beier said monthly utility costs to residents for water, sewer and trash collection were raised from $$92.76 per month to $162.78 per month.
No one attended Monday's meeting, however, to complain about the utility costs.
Ludlum said the systems are ancient, and the number of utility customers has reduced over time. "The water and sewer are $90,000 in the red," he said.
Beier said the utilities serve 108 households currently plus a few commercial enterprises.