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Washington’s sewer rates to increase, just not as much as previous years

Jun 21, 2018

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

 

Residents in Washington will once again see increases to their water and sewer rates; however, the increases are not as steep as prevous years.

On Tuesday, the Washington City Council approved the third reading of an amendment to increase the city’s water and sewer rates, although this is the lowest increase residents will have seen since 2012.

There was no discussion prior to the approval of the amendments. The usage rates will increase 3.5 percent. This year the city begins debt payments on the new water plant project, which is estimated to be $267,000 per year for 20 years.

During the meeting, Mayor Jaron Rosien proclaimed the week from June 18-24 as Amateur Radio Week and June 23 as Relay for Life Day. Rosien said that amateur radio operators are celebrating over a century of broadcast, which has helped bring peoples, societies and countries closer together. The Washington Area Amateur Radio Club will hold its spring radio exercise on June 23-24 outside the Washington County Hospital and Clinics. It is a 24-hour emergency preparedness exercise and demonstrates the ability to provide self-supporting communications.

Rosien also recognized Relay For Life, which will be held on the Washington square Saturday. He urged all citizens to participate in the anti-cancer campaign.

In other business, the council:

• Approved allowing the Flying Pigs Duathlon on Sept. 8 and allowed the closure of East Main Street for one block in front of the YMCA of Washington County;

• Approved a site plan for Miller Mini-Storage;

• Approved a Community Development Block Grant contract with the Iowa Economic Development Association for a $600,000 grant the city will receive to benefit its sewer project this year; and

• Held a workshop on parking and traffic concerns.

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