DELBARTON – Following a public comment hearing concerning a water rate increase, the Delbarton City Council approved a final reading of a water rate ordinance, Monday Jan. 25 during a regular council meeting.
Delbarton Mayor, John Preece stated, “We need to have the record to show that we did have significant snow storm last Friday and Saturday but the roads are passable. We might not have a great attendance at the public hearing but it is not due to the conditions of the roads.”
Preece commented on the lack of attendance stating, “Over the years, we have done our very best to take care of our community and our residents. I feel like the people know that we have their best interests at heart. I don’t think it is indifference, where you don’t see a lot of people at public hearings. I think it is a matter of trust that people don’t come in.”
No one from the public offered comment concerning the water rate ordinance and the hearing was adjourned. A regular council meeting was held immediately following the hearing.
Preece opened the discussion of the Water Rate Ordinance stating, “At this time, we are going to take up the third and final reading of the ordinance. Once that is done, we have to wait 45 days for the enactment of the new water rates.”
A handout was provided explaining the water rate ordinance and the changes that will occur. According to the handout, the new water rates will be effective April 1, 2016 and will be applicable within the entire territory served.
Also included on the handout is an explanation of the minimum charge which states, “No bill will be rendered for less than $25.10 per month, which is equivalent to 2,000 gallons.”
The handout also provides explanation concerning the flat rate charge for customers with non-metered water supplies which states, “Customers with non-metered water supplies will pay $56.48 equivalent to 4,500 gallons of water usage.”
“We are all familiar with what is going on here. We have had many discussions in regards to this water rate increase. And so, it was inevitable. We have probably prolonged it hoping for better longer than we should have and better didn’t show up. We are at the point where we have to raise our water rates,” Preece said.
Preece continued stating, “We move then to the final step of this process and that would be approval of this ordinance reading for the third time. Really, we only had to do it twice but we decided and wanted to take the longer route and not rush to anything.”
Councilman Albert Totten made a motion to approve the final reading of the water rate ordinance and was approved unanimously.
The next Delbarton City Council meeting will be held Feb. 8th at 5 p.m. at Delbarton City Hall.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)