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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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Peshtigo Water & Sewer Weighs Sewer Rate Increase

The City of Peshtigo's Water & Sewer Committee discussed the possibility of raising rates on sewer quarterly fixed meter charges during a meeting held on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

The proposed plan would increase rates by 5.3645 percent. For the 1,247 five-eights-inch water meters, the base rate would increase from $24.25 to $25.55 and total base charges would hike from $30,239.75 to $31,860.85. For the 43 one-inch water meters, the base rate would increase from $50.93 to $53.66 and total base charges would go up from $2,189.99 to $2,307.38. For the 25 one and a half-inch water meters, the base rate would increase from $97 to $102.20 and total base charges would go from $2,425 to $2,555.

For the 19 two-inch water meters, the base rate would increase from $145.50 to $153.31 and total base charges would increase from $2,764.50 to $2,912.89. For the six three-inch water meters, the base rate would increase from $266.75 to $281.06 and total base charges would increase from $1,600.50 to $1,686.36. For the two four-inch water meters, the base rate would go from $448.63 to $472.70 and total base charges would increase from $897.26 to $945.40. And for the one Class C water meter, there would be an increase from $60,369.50 to $63,608.02.

Based on average quarterly consumption, total sewer bills for those with five-eights-inch water meters would increase by 1.7401 percent, by 1.0947 percent for those with one-inch water meters, by 1.3666 percent for those with one and a half-inch water meters, by 1.3684 percent for those with two-inch water meters, by 0.9012 percent for those with three-inch water meters, by 0.5366 percent for those with four-inch water meters and by 3.1383 percent for those with a Class C water meter.

In total, these increases would generate an additional $5,389.40 in revenue and is being made to help offset the cost of a $5,390.61 quarterly loan payment the city must make for its new sludge thickener.

However, BPM general manager Jim Koronkiewicz attended the meeting to voice his company's opposition to the proposed increase.

He said, "We're picking up sixty percent of the increase, BPM is. Our increase is 3.14 percent. Thirteen thousand dollar increase a year for us," he said. "I just want to express a concern that this committee should start looking at, if they can't reduce their costs, reduce the amount that this keeps increasing, that they start looking at what are they going to do when BPM pulls out. With these increases continuing like this, ownership will look at its own treatment facility because we can't keep absorbing these costs."

The city's auditors are currently reviewing the proposed increase before any action on the plan can be taken.

The Peshtigo Finance & Claims Committee discussed funding for striping roughly two-tenths of a mile of Northwest Front Street. The committee agreed to move $1,000 from the street sweeper parts account to the traffic control account and to have the county do it.

Bank balances for the City of Peshtigo as of Aug. 31 were: $36,823.82 in the BMO Harris Bank account, $4,211,666.98 in the Peshtigo National Bank account, $254,509.35 in the city's two certificates of deposit, $265,479.95 in the UDAG savings account through Peshtigo National Bank, $1,100,000 in the two UDAG certificates of deposit and $226,964.40 in the RLF savings account through Peshtigo National Bank.

The committee also reviewed the 2018 municipal judge budget and approved it as presented.

The next Water & Sewer Committee meeting will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 8 a.m. and the Finance & Claims Committee meeting will follow at 9 a.m.


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