Arlington may raise sewer rates this summer

By ERIC SCHAADT
STAFF WRITER

ARLINGTON — Sewer rates are expected to be raised in Arlington to keep the sewer fund out of the red, Village Council reported Monday.

Currently, water customers pay a base rate of $15.70 per each two-month billing cycle for the first 1,000 gallons used. After that, $2.80 is charged for each additional 1,000 gallons used.

A proposal under consideration would include a flat $15.70 customer fee for each bill. Added to that would be $3.40 for every 1,000 gallons of water used.

Arlington Council asked Village Solicitor Don Rasmussen to prepare an ordinance that, if approved, would raise sewer rates beginning July 1.

Sewer rates were last increased in 2008, according to village officials.

The sewer fund has been running about even, but will face deficits in coming years.

Separately, council issued a reminder that the annual village junk pickup will be begin early Friday.

Residents must place unwanted items at curbside by Thursday night.

Paints, oils, tires and batteries won’t be accepted.

Also, council heard the village’s fire insurance rating has been upgraded.

The state’s Insurance Service Office uses several criteria to rate municipalities on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the best designation.

Water delivery systems, fire reports and training are among the factors considered.

Arlington’s rate improved from 6 to 5 thanks, in part, to improvements to the water system.

“I like the 5. I really do,” Fire Chief Al Latta told council. “I feel we’ve done real well for the community.”
Councilman Michael Palmer said, “Job well done, Al.”

The fire chief said his department will look for areas to continue to improve.

In other business, council:

  • Heard the concrete deck at the village swimming pool will be repaired next week.
  • Was informed a new desktop computer has been obtained for the Water and Sewer Department.

 

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