Council approves hike in sewer rates

Staff Writer
NORTH BALTIMORE — To help pay for the second phase of a sewer line separation project, North Baltimore Council on Tuesday raised sewer rates, effective with April bills.
Minimum sewer rates will increase $5.25 a month.
Currently there are seven categories of sewer rates, depending on the size of a building’s water meter, according to village officials.
The second phase of a project to separate the village’s storm and sanitary sewers, in the northern half of the town, cost $6.3 million.
Also, rates will rise for water use over 2,000 gallons a month. The additional charge will jump from $5.42 to $9.79 a month, according to village officials.
Separately, Mayor Mike Julien will obtain more information about emergency telephone service to alert residents of pending bad weather and other announcements.
The mayor will enter into discussions with American Signal about the service, which would send messages to residents’ smartphones and other communication devices.
“It’s something that would fit into our need quite well,” Julien told council.
Council has been looking to augment its weather warning system since the entire village cannot hear the warning sirens.
In other business, council:
• Held an executive session to discuss candidates for the post of interim emergency medical service chief.
• Will seek bids to fix the Fire Department roof.
• Agreed to obtain prices for security cameras at the village park.
• Will clarify its village-run brush pickup policy.
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