Mark Taylor
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Edgerton residents will see a hike in their sewer bills starting in June.
The city council approved a sewer rate increase on April 23 based on a study by Springsted, Inc.
Although Springsted recommended lowering the monthly service charge from $3.87 to $2.60, the user charge rate will increase from $3.87 for the first 1,000 gallons of water used and $3.68 for each additional 1,000 gallons of water used to $4.24 per 1,000 gallons used starting in 2013.
That is an increase of 15 percent.
The ordinance does away with the minimum user charge and establishes a flat rate regardless of the amount of water used.
Springsted also recommended a 2 percent user charge increase in 2014.
Sewer bills will be calculated based on average water usage during the months of December, January and February.
Currently, sewage rates are based on water usage during January, February and March.
The ordinance includes a set minimum for new sewer customers until a winter average can be established.
The sewer rate study was required as part of the application process for a low-interest state revolving loan for the city’s new sewer treatment plant.
In other business, the council remanded an ordinance regulating intermodal container storage to the planning commission.
The council wants the planning commission to reconsider lot sizes and paving surfaces for container storage related to the intermodal logistics park.
The proposed ordinance calls for a minimum 20-acre lot with a hard paving surface.
An intermodal storage facility operator asked the council to consider a maximum of five to 10 acres with a chip and seal surface.