Geneva Council re-establishes utility rates

Authored by Jim Langham on Oct 2, 2013

Members of the Geneva Town Council re-established utility rates for 2014 in October’s monthly meeting on Tuesday.
Geneva Clerk-Treasurer Bill Warren recommended that council lower storm water, sanitation and wastewater rates and raise the water rates.
Geneva residents will enjoy a 33 percent reduction in storm water rates this next year, with rates for residential customers dropping from $4.50 to $3.00 and commercial rates dropping from $9:75 to $6.50.
Sanitation (trash pick-up) rates will be lowered from $9.75 to $8.50 per 96 gallon containers, effective Feb. 1, 2014, while sewage rates will drop to $4.30 per 1,000 gallons of usage.
Warren said that the various funds where rates have fallen have cash reserves and no major repairs are anticipated.
The only area where a rate increase was mandated is in the water utility which council increased by 25 percent. Warren explained that the need for the increase was necessary because of the need to increase funding for $600,000 of water pipes underground which can’t be funded by grant money.
One other cost that is being assessed is the charge of $25 to those residents where hangers are placed as a reminder of utility payments. Council passed the legislation with understanding that there is no cost for the first flyer, but subsequent flyer placements will cost residents $25 each.
Geneva Marshal Rob Johnson told council that his department is looking to see that school resource officer Scott Dailey receive critical incident training which would allow him to counsel and be available for critical situations that arise in school.
Johnson also reported that it has been discovered that a car pulled from the Wabash River near the covered bridge last week was a stolen vehicle out of Celina. An investigation continues.
Warren reported that repairs from a recent vandalism attack at the Geneva ballpark are being made with shingles being paid for by those individuals who destroyed the roofs. Warren said that he is also asking for 40 hours of community service in Geneva for those guilty of the vandalism.
Chamber of Commerce executive director Pam Krauss noted several key dates in the upcoming weeks including, this Sunday, tractor show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; October 15, free senior luncheon sponsored by the Bank of Geneva; October 26, chili supper served by the Geneva Volunteer Fire Dept. prior to the Halloween parade at 7 p.m.; Oct. 31, trick or treat, 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Dec. 7, downtown open house and Christmas tree lighting.
Council passed legislation to transfer $160,000 from the operations fund to the water depreciation account to cover a shortfall encountered by the installation of an iron filter.

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