REEDSVILLE – The Reedsville town council unanimously approved an increase in sewer rates Monday.
Rates for customers with metered water supply will be charged on a graduated scale:
— $25.98 per 1,000 gallons for the first 3,000 gallons;
— For the next 3,000 gallons, $23.95 per 1,000 gallons;
— Next 4,000 gallons, $20.20 per 1,000 gallons;
— Next 10,000 gallons $17.73 per 1,000 gallons;
— Next 20,000 gallons, $16.06 per1.000 gallons.
Monthly bills will be a minimum of $77.94.
The unmetered rate is $104.29 per month, equivalent to 4,100 gallons usage for residential customers. In the event the water supply is unmetered or otherwise unmeasurable, the unmetered rate will be charged.
The rate hike was created by inflow and infiltration of storm and ground water entering the sewer system through leaky pipes, manholes, down spouts, sump pumps or improperly connected storm drains.
Masontown said the infiltration is forcing it to treat thousands of gallons for which it wasn’t being paid. Reedsville doesn’t have a sewage treatment plant, but pays Masontown a bulk rate charge for sewage treatment.
The new rates were approved by the State Public Service Commission.
In other business:
— Arnold’s Family Tree Service was hired to remove a large tree and stump on the corner of Valley Street and W.Va. 92 on Aug. 4. The tree service also will trim the large tree located by town hall.
— Council voted to pay $350 to Ken Zeigler, owner of Zeigler Drywall, to paint the doors for the park restroom. Zeigler is currently repairing the porch roof on town hall.
— The council sent letters to the Reedsville Dollar General and the car wash about mowing high grass on their properties.