Perrysburg hikes rates for water and sewer
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:43
PERRYSBURG - Trash, water and transit were on the minds of council at their regular meeting Tuesday.
Council unanimously approved a series of water and sewer rate hikes for customers inside and outside the city in light of a more than 9-percent increase in water rates coming from the City of Toledo, from which Perrysburg purchases its water.
Water rates will increase 7.5 percent per year as of Jan. 1, and sewer rates will increase by 3 percent per year. One-time tap fees will increase by four percent. These increases are to be in place for four years.
"In a nutshell here, we're going to increase rates by a combined 4.7 percent," said Health, Sanitation and Public Utilities chair and councilman Todd Grayson.
Council also moved forward with plans for a revamped refuse collection system, approving the leasing of 14,000 new wheeled refuse/recycling totes from TCF Equipment Finance at a price of not more than $719,880.
The new system, which would utilize automated trucks and the totes, is expected to save the city more than $300,000 annually.
Last month, council approved a contract not to exceed $1.2 million with Best Equipment Company to acquire, among other items, four previously-owned sidearm loading vehicles for the service.
Two 96-gallon totes will initially be available for each household.
"We do feel the trucks will be ready and the totes will be ready at nearly the same time," said Public Services Director Jon Eckel at a special HSPU meeting preceding the council meeting.
During that HSPU meeting, Eckel stated that, financially, leasing seems to be the best option for those totes for the time being. The totes could then be purchased by the city at the end of the lease.
"Yes, I do think that's the better way to go. I think that's going to demonstrate a better savings for us, an immediate savings."
Consideration of the ongoing transit issue, which has only increased in contention since the failure of a 1.45-mill levy in November, continued at the meeting.
Transit service in the city ended Nov. 27.
Municipal Administrator Bridgette Kabat informed council that, as was requested by HSPU, a list of local agencies and groups that might provide aid to those in need of transportation has been posted to the city's website.
Recent discussion of continuing the transit service provided by Ride Right LLC - possibly by using some city funds - has been stymied by assertions both from councilmen and some audience members that to do so would contravene the will of the voters, who defeated the levy by fewer than 200 votes.
While no formal proposal has been furthered as yet, council is expected to place a new transit levy request before voters on the May ballot. As discussed at last Tuesday's HSPU meeting, the levy would probably seek to collect about 1.1 mills, with each mill collecting $30 on a $150,000 home.
In other business, council:
• Approved a change of zoning to R2 Single Family Residential for the nearly half-acre Kerr Annexation property, located at 12972 Five Point Road.
• Heard a first reading to the 2013 municipal budget. The budget anticipates nearly $17.5 million in receipts and includes $14.75 million in expenditures.
• Approved a motion for the retirement and rehiring of Public Utilities Director Mark Dunsmoor. The matter passed by a vote of 6-1, with councilman Todd Grayson providing the lone "no" vote.