2017-04-20 / Community

Caseville council playing catch up with sewer costs

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com • 810-452-2668

CASEVILLE — The City of Caseville passed a trio of resolutions during its April 10 regular meeting to improve sewer and water infrastructure and its finances.

The board increased the Sewer Operation, Maintenance & Repair (OM&R) base rate $2 per quarter, to $18.50 per quarter and the base rate 30 cents per 1,000 gallons to $4.90 per 1,000 gallons, both reflected on the October 2017 billings. The third resolution approved paying off the 1987 Water Revenue Bond in the amount of $80,731 and increase the budget expense 591-695-990 by $81,000.

City of Caseville Clerk Jamie Learman said during the meeting each of the first two rate increases will increase revenue by $7,000 per year, $14,000 total, and would increase sewer bills by about $20 per year for all customers who use 10,000 gallons. He said the third resolution will save the city $4,000 in interest.

Learman and Caseville Department of Public Works Supervisor Troy Hartz said there is equipment needing replacement in the near future such as one particular sewer lift pump, estimated at $100,000. Learman said the system was installed in 1990, so the equipment is 27 years old. Other repairs are needed, he added.

Hartz said during the meeting that the actions will help the sewer “get out of the red.”

Learman told the Huron County View rates have been too low for years and monies weren’t set aside against future expenses and there are lots of parts that will need replacement soon.

“Past councils have not increased the rates to keep up with the costs or put away money for future repairs,” Learman said. “Not one of the council members wants to raise the rates, but in the case of the city sewer system, it has been put off for too long.”

In other business, the city will split costs with Caseville Township and Caseville Public Schools to repair the tennis courts. The board set the cap at $6,000 for the City, paid after July 1. Learman said the courts are about 10 years old and there is pitting and cracking.

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