Goessel City Council Passes Utility Ordinance

The Goessel city council met on December 16 and reviewed and passed ordinance number 284, which establishes monthly utility rates for water and sewer. Monthly water charges are based on the size of the water meter. Noting a year ago that utility rates had been too low to comply with grant and loan requirements for the sewer project, the council had agreed at that time to raise rates in small increments rather than a single larger raise. Therefore, some of the current rate changes reflect an increase of only 14 cents, others slightly more.

The minimum monthly charge for a three-fourths inch meter will be $12.25 per month for the first 1,000 gallons of water. Each additional 1,000 gallons will cost $4.42 up to 5,000 gallons. After that, each 1,000 gallons will cost $4.77.

The minimum charge for a one-inch water meter will be $32.03 for the first 5,000 gallons of water. Each additional 1,000-gallon amount will cost $4.42 up to a total of 7,500 gallons and $4.77 per 1,000 gallons above that amount.

The minimum charge for each one and a half-inch water meter and each two-inch water meter will be $50.42 per month, up to 7,500 gallons. The charge will be $4.42 for each additional 1,000 gallons of water up to 15,000 gallons and $4.77 for every 1,000 gallons above that amount.

The minimum charge for each four-inch meter will be $79.22 for the first 20,000 gallons of water. Then, $4.42 will be assessed for each additional 1,000 gallons, up to 40,000 gallons. The charge will be $4.77 for every additional 1,000-gallon amount.

The ordinance also states that monthly charges for users who are not residents of the city are also based on the size of the water meter and the amount of water used. Those charges will be double the amount that city residents pay.

The ordinance also raises the surcharge fee for servicing and improvements to the water system and for regular upkeep. These charges are also based on the size of the water meter.

The surcharge for each three-fourths inch and one-inch water meters will be $8.00 per month. The surcharge for one and one-half inch and two-inch water meters will be $12.00 per month and $16.00 per month for four-inch water meters. These amounts remain unchanged; they were not increased.

Wastewater rates were also updated. The minimum charge per month will be $22.00, in addition to a user charge rate for operation and maintenance, including replacement, of 30 cents per 100 gallons of wastewater. Those not located in the city will pay a user charge rate of 40 cents. All users will be billed $2.00 per month for a sewer maintenance examination fee.

The ordinance also addresses fines for toxic pollutants and unpaid bills.

The new rates will go into effect with the first bill of 2020.

Turning their attention to another matter, the council considered play equipment for the park that could be safely used by small children. Council member Evan Esau told the council he had gone to the park and had looked for places that would be suitable for such equipment. The council made no decision about play equipment at this meeting.

In other business, the council:

* briefly reviewed information about security cameras.

* voted to raise the pay of full-time employees by three percent.

* voted to raise the pay of council members to $75 per meeting and the pay of the mayor to $120 per meeting.

* had planned on a report from Brian Foster of BG Consultants about the sewer project. However, he did not attend the meeting due to road conditions. The council had previously approved an invoice from BG Consultants for $13,836.27 and an invoice from K. C. Construction in the amount of $229,612.63, as well as a bill from Ranson Financial for $2,500. The CDBG “drawdown” request for $52,500 had been initiated previously.

* heard from public works director Karen Dalke that she had discovered a break in the discharge line from the lift station to the lagoon ponds. She dug up the line and repaired the leak.

* heard that Dalke has also been working with the construction crew on the sewer project.

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