By: James Pruitt
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
Water rates are going down for Fulton County residents who are part of the Northeast Water System.
The Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution that reduces the rates charged to Direct customers. The rate reduction could save county water customers nearly $27,000 compared to last year.
The Water Advisory Board met June 22 to discuss the rates following the approval of a new contract with the city of Toledo. The discussions led to lower water rates.
Effective immediately, the metered water rates will be $9.32 per 1,000 gallons. That’s a drop of $1.29 per 1,000 gallons compared to last year.
The Water Advisory Board will refund overpayments dating back to May 1. Any other overpayments dating back to March 15 will be applied as a credit when the rates are reviewed for 2017, Public Utilities Director Ziad Musallam said.
“We bill bi-monthly, there’s no (record of) daily use,” Musallam said.
The average household uses about 4,000 to 5,000 gallons per he said.
The metered system used 20.7 million gallons in 2015 or 57,000 gallons per day. That works out to $26,700 in savings.
The rates for water fill stations will remain at $11 per 1,000 gallons. Water from hydrants will remain at $10 per 1,000 gallons, but the rental fee of $5 per day has been eliminated. The setup fee will remain at $25 as is the $250 deposit.
The board will receive sealed bids for road salt for ice control until 9:30 a.m. July 21 at the commissioners’ chambers at 152 S. Fulton, Wauseon, second floor. The bids will be opened at 9:40 a.m.
For more information, call the Engineer’s office at (419) 335-3816.
The commissioners approved two resolutions for the Wauseon Downtown Revitalization project.
One was a contract with the Wettle Corp. of Holland for $5,255.25 to replace the façade canopy at 112 N. Fulton St.
The other was a contract with the building owners (Joy and Lamberto Vasquez) at 112 N. Fulton, granting them $17,564.60. The scope of the work required is to replace an old ADA ramp and awning.
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