In the second section of the video of the June 7 WPCA meeting, the members of the WPCA discussed the issues they are facing which led to their proposal of the 6% increase in the water and sewer rates which will come into effect on July 1, 2012.
To understand the unenviable position the WPCA finds itself in, please watch the first 15 minutes or so of the video of the sescond section of the meeting. If time permits, the NewHartfordPlus crew will list the issues that the WPCA is having to deal with, even while those issues are not of their making, for example the lack of economic development in town.
The town’s Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) which manages the New Hartford Water Company which delivers potable drinking water and maintains a wastewater collection system for town residents, will be holding a Public Hearing tomorrow evening, Thursday June 28, at 6:30 p.m. on the proposed water and sewer rates which will take effect on July 1, 2012.
The proposed rates are approximately 6% higher than the current rates. For example, the proposed water usage charge is $7.76 per thousand gallons compared to the current charge of $7.32 per thousand gallons, and the proposed sewage usage charge is $20.08 per thousand gallons compared to the current charge of $18.94 per thousand gallons.
The WPCA discussed the rates they need to charge the water and sewer users to meet their expenses during their May 31 Workshop meeting; see the NewHartfordPlus June 7 article with the video of that meeting.
The video of the June 7 WPCA Regular meeting has been cut into two parts by NHPLus techie, Bob Moore. The first part includes a discussion of the lack of economic development in New Hartford by Tom Briggs, owner of the old Waring building on Route 44 and of approximately 60 acres in the town’s Industrial Park. That video section, which we plan to integrate into a larger article on economic development in New Hartford, is available for viewing on YouTube.
The second part of the video of the June 7 WPCA meeting includes a discussion of the proposed rates. That video is being processed this morning and as soon as it becomes available on YouTube we will add the link to that video to this article.
In the meantime, below are the proposed water and sewer rates for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012. These proposed rates were published as a legal notice in the print edition of the Hartford Courant. A downloadable copy of the proposed rates is also included.
Below the proposed water and sewer rates for the WPCA’s upcoming fiscal year is a copy of the current water and sewer rates which will be in effect until June 30, 2012; these are being posted to allow an easy comparison between the proposed rates and the current rates. A downloadable copy of the current rates is also included.
PROPOSED Water and Sewer Rates effective July 1, 2012
Download a copy of the Proposed Water and Sewer charges: Proposed Water and Sewer Rates, effective July 1, 2012 (16)
CURRENT Water and Sewer Rates effective through June 30, 2012
Download a copy of the Current Water and Sewer Rates effective until June 30, 2012: Current Water and Sewer Rates, effective through June 30, 2012 (14)