Fayette council; sewer rates 1.28

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette residents might be facing higher sewer use rates to help cover a shortfall in operating expenses.

Village administrator Amy Metz told members of the finance committee at a meeting Jan. 12 that sewage system expenses are not covered by the existing rates. She presented three rate options that would cover the current costs.

Committee member Jerry Gonzales asked Metz to obtain rates charged by neighboring communities before taking any action.

Paul Shaffer asked for an update on late payments for water and sewer bills and for the enhancement fees.

Village fiscal officer Lisa Zuver suggested making bill-paying easier by allowing payment by credit card, debit card or through an automatic withdrawal option.

Committee members also favor monthly billing, based on quarterly meter readings.

ENHANCEMENT—Council heard the second of three readings for a proposed ordinance regarding the sewer and water enhancement fees.

Currently, the enhancement fees are levied for each water meter. A multiple dwelling unit with one meter pays only one set of fees.

The new ordinance would levy a quarterly fee of $7.50 for water service and $25 for sewer service on each unit within a dwelling.

A house with two apartments, for example, would be assessed for each apartment. Many apartments in town have a water meter for each unit and enhancements fees are already paid.

The enhancement fees were put in place to build a fund for repair and replacement of the water and sewer systems.

WATER USE—Metz will continue to monitor water use. Daily pumping is averaging about 10,000 gallons more than expected, but no more leaks have been located.

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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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