Middlebourne Water Rate Increase Is Delayed Until March
Middlebourne residents likely won’t see an increase in water rates until March.
At the Dec. 12 Middlebourne town council meeting, City Attorney Gary Rymer said the Public Service Commission dismissed the town’s application for a Certificate of Needs and Necessity. Rymer stated this was due to difficulties in getting notice of the water rate increase published. The PSC wanted the rate increase to be set before it would consider the town’s application.
The city does not have approval to vote on the water rate.
“We did not get the water rate increase in time to suit the people of the PSC even though we don’t need the rates until the project is done,” Rymer said.
It was noted the city will have to refile the rate increase; a motion then passed to reopen the needs and necessity case. City officials said it could be March before the rate increase would appear on a water bill.
At the Tuesday meeting council also discussed trees that need to be removed so that the town’s water project can commence. The trees can be moved anytime between now and March 15, 2018. There are approximately 13 trees to be removed. Council was informed there will be a teleconference with Thrasher Engineering to go over the fine details of the project.
Mayor Steve Seago reported the fence that was supposed to be installed on Main Street was delivered by Lowes, but it was not the right type of fence. An adjustable fence will be brought in so that the fence will be level with the sidewalk.
The mayor also reported that there are some areas around town that have trash issues that need to be addressed.
In another matter, cost estimates for a new heater were given to council members courtesy, of Bob Miller. Council made a motion to replace the old furnace with a new Lennox heater.
New “One Way” signs have been installed next to Boggs’ Restaurant, but the signs have caused some confusion with the residents. “No Outlet” signs will be installed in the new future.
Under new business, council passed the first reading of an ordinance creating a Middlebourne Library Board.
Under council concerns, council agreed to send flowers to City Recorder Sue Pelikan, in condolences of the passing of her mother.
Council will also purchase a new coffee pot for the office since the old coffee pot broke.
Also, there is a steel door on the city building that needs replaced, but there were concerns as to who would install the door. Council decided to call ACE and get cost estimates for the door and installation.
The next scheduled Middlebourne council meeting is set for Jan. 8, located at the city building in Middlebourne.