The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

May 13, 2013

Sewer rate hike on agenda

By Katie Dahlstrom Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — The Clinton City Council will consider a 9.5 percent sewer rate increase during its meeting Tuesday.

Council members previously decided not to increase the sewer rates from $8.18 a unit to $8.96 per unit for residential customers, but reversed their decision during their last Committee of the Whole meeting after Finance Director and Interim City Administrator Jessica Kinser explained the consequences of foregoing the increase. Kinser told Council members that without a 9.5 percent increase, items from the city’s mandated long-term control plan would be delayed, which could result in up to $1 million in fines for the city.

The council also will consider a summer watering credit that allows residents to have costs incurred from watering during the summer months waived.

A resolution to allow landlords that are just receiving former tenants unpaid utility bills to have those bills forgiven is also on the agenda.

During the Committee of the Whole meeting immediately following the council meeting, council members will hear a presentation on the manufactured gas plant environmental site from Alliant Energy. Jill Stevens and Nicole Dunkel with Alliant Energy will give a history of the site and inform council members of the remaining contamination and the implications for the city.

Hiring Springsted, the firm that evaluated the city’s solid waste services, to assemble a request for proposal for private haulers to handle solid waste is also up for consideration. Later, council members will discuss large-item pickup, including whether to ask a private hauler to perform that service.

Council members will discuss an amendment to the sewer ordinance that would suspend a property or business owner’s certificate of occupancy if they have a sewer bill that is delinquent by 120 days or in excess of $2,500. Members of the Rules and Regulations committee discussed the amendment last week as a means to improve collections and deter delinquent sewer bills.

Mayor Mark Vulich during the Committee of the Whole meeting will present a resolution opposing Iowa American Water’s proposed rate increases.

The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall with the Committee of the Whole meeting to follow.