Water, sewer rates discussed in New Haven

By Mindy Kearns - Special to OVP

NEW HAVEN — Questions regarding water and sewer rates for the Town of Hartford were addressed by members of the New Haven Town Council at their most recent meeting.

Present were Mayor Phil Serevicz, Recorder Becky Benson, and council members Steve Carpenter, Roy Dale Grimm, and Stephen Ohlinger, Jr. Absent were Jessica Rickard and Colton McKinney.

Hartford residents Jerry Tucker and Lois Dudding questioned the council about recent statements that New Haven will seek an increase in water and sewer rates for Hartford for the utilities they supply. Tucker asked the minimum charge for each utility in New Haven, and expressed that Hartford residents already pay higher for both water and sewer.

Serevicz explained that New Haven is not going to seek increases from the residents. The town is going to seek permission from the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) to increase the price of the water only that it supplies to the Town of Hartford. Hartford will continue to bill and set the price for it’s customers.

While Hartford uses wastewater services from New Haven, it has not tied into the new water system as agreed upon. Serevicz presented a final order from the PSC at the meeting, dated Feb. 14, that stated Hartford must abide by the agreement and begin using the upgraded New Haven water system.

The mayor also announced the new pump motors have been installed at the wastewater plant. He reported they are very quiet and are pumping much quicker than the old ones.

Council members agreed to open a new checking account for the community center. Serevicz reported in two weeks, over $800 has been brought in from roller skating admission and concessions.

In other action, the council:

Heard a presentation from Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 Senior Vice Commander Ray Varian on the proposed Mason County Veterans Memorial;

Approved a building permit for Michael Littlejohn for a camper on Butler Street;

Heard from resident Ronnie Zerkle asking the status of insurance claims for damages incurred due to increased water pressure;

Voted to donate $100 to the Wahama After-Prom party, and $60 to the Wahama Choir Dinner Theater;

Tabled employee COVID-19 incentives until further information can be gathered from the state auditor’s office; and,

Heard a report from Police Chief David Hardwick that the department’s computers are outdated, can no longer be updated, and are not compatible with current law enforcement software.

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By Mindy Kearns

Special to OVP

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at [email protected]

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at [email protected]