NEW HAVEN — An ordinance to increase water rates in the Town of New Haven was passed Monday evening, following a second and final reading.
The ordinance includes three phases with rate hikes, all set to take place in 2018. The increases are in anticipation of a $7.4 million water system upgrade. The first phase will go into effect January 1, the second on June 30, and the third on December 31, or when the water improvement project is completed.
According to Recorder Roberta Hysell, anyone paying the minimum water bill of 2,000 gallons will see the following raises: Present bill — $15.98; after first increase — $20; second increase — $25; and final increase — $29.40.
Resident Harry Roush questioned the meaning of “soft costs” listed in the upgrade project. It was explained as anything other than construction costs, such as various filing fees and administrative fees.
Ken Vickers attended the meeting, voicing concerns regarding the condition of Layne Street, dogs running loose, and a resident who placed a storage building on a front lawn. It was noted the resident is moving the building to the back yard of his residence after a present building is torn down.
Chris Rizer also attended the meeting. He updated council members on the progress and plans for a Mason County Historical Society. The first meeting will be held Tuesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. It will take place at the Mason County Public Library in Point Pleasant.
In other action, the council:
Hired Greg Kaylor as a part-time employee to work on the garbage truck;
Discussed building lockers for employees to use at the wastewater plant; and,
Discussed the possibility of paying for a series of Hepatitis B vaccines for town workers.
Council members and Mayor Jerry Spradling also spoke of some residents having constant complaints with the town and administration. Councilman George Gibbs noted some of the items people are complaining about were inherited by the present council from previous administrations.
The next regular council meeting will be May 15 at 6 p.m.
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