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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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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