Delaware Council to allow input on proposed rate hike


By Brandon Klein - bklein@civitasmedia.com



Delaware City Council will have time set aside for public input on two legislative items Monday night.

The city recommends Council approve water and refuse rate changes that would increase the average resident’s utility bill by $2.96, or 2.86 percent. The last increase for water was in 2012 and for refuse was in 2011.

Sewer and storm rates would remain the same.

“The city reviews utility rates annually and amends them based on the cost to operate our utilities. The biggest operational expense is electricity to power water plant filtration,” said city spokesman Lee Yoakum, in reference to the water plant, 3080 U.S. Route 23, that opened in 2015.

If approved, the water rate would increase to $36.93 per month from $34.84 for the average resident, while refuse would increase by 87 cents starting May 1.

Council will have a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. for the proposed water rate increase.

Council will also consider a resolution to establish a no parking zone on the north and south side of Lexington Boulevard and Buehler Drive. Staff have said there were five accidents over the past five years along the section of that roadway and that 85 percent of drivers were speeding at 31 mph or above.

The public can comment on the proposal at 7:15 p.m.

In other business, Council will:

• Consider proposed changes to the user fee at the Hidden Valley Golf Course. The rates would increase adult and senior rates by 50 cents during the weekdays. Students, ages 13 to 22, can play for $7, while students, ages 12 and under, can play for $5 during the weekdays.

Weekend rates would be a dollar more than weekday rates of each category. Also, riding carts would be $6 for nine holes and $9 for 18 holes.

• Consider the authorization to re-issue one-year bond anticipation notes related to the Glenn Road New Community Authority financing at $10,565,000 and the city’s sidewalk maintenance program at $450,000. The notes have been re-issued each year since originally borrowed in 2005. The 2017 amount represents a reduction in the outstanding principal of $650,000.

The sidewalk notes are being re-issued to facilitate spreading the city cost of the sidewalk improvement program over several years. When the project is complete this year it is estimated that the city will continue to allocate $125,000 per year through 2021 in its capital improvement plan to pay off the outstanding notes.

The meeting will take place at City Hall, 1 S. Sandusky St., 7 p.m. in council chambers.

By Brandon Klein

bklein@civitasmedia.com

Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

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