For Your Information:
Sewer Rate Increases.
On March 14,2016 the Water, Sewer ,Gas committee met and reviewed both the water and sewer rates.
During the discussion, it was identified that to receive the USDA loan of nearly $4,000,000 for the new
sewer plant the village needed a reserve of $155,000 and that the ongoing sewer rates could support the
payment of the loan.
After reviewing the current sewer rates, it was determined they could not meet
these requirements, and an increase was necessary. The rates went from $5.91 to $20.77 a 251%
increase. A rate study done by the Poggemeyer Consulting Group was used to determine the rates.
Although this is a substantial increase, it is important to recall what council did with the sewer rates back
in 2015. At that time there was a need to raise the water rates to offset some increases that were being
experienced. When the water rates were raised, the sewer rates were lowered from $20.51 to $5.91 so
residents did not experience an overall increase in rates.
With the 2016 increase to $20.77 the village is just returning the rates to what they were in 2015 prior to them being lowered. The 2016 rates will support the reserve and necessary requirements to receive the USDA loan requirements.
Below are the results of the Water Analysis for the tests sent in on Nov.17th 2015, these results came back in December.
Each sheet has the location of the test.
Results Ohio EPA1Scan
Results Ohio EPA2Scan
Rest assured we are working diligently to make sure our water system is working the way it was meant to. We are still in talks with Northwestern Water and Sewer District.
The letter from the EPA stated that we received a 2016 license to
operate (LTO) a public water system (PWS) for the Village.
We were issued the Yellow LTO with conditions due to violations of
drinking water regulations at the PWS. This license has to be displayed where
the public can see it.
It is posted on the front door glass of the water treatment plant
and at the Village office.
The license is conditioned through January 30, 2017 with certain
We discussed the requirements to make sure all of them were being
complied with. We have been informed that everything is being done as required.
We are going forward with a Master Plan, so we can avoid this
problem in the future.
We also discussed a piece of equipment namely an Aztec 600
Manganese Analyzer that is needed at the water plant to monitor the Manganese
as it first starts to enter our system.
We are waiting for the quotes to be received.
Listed below is a copy of the letter we received.
Ohio EPA1Scan Ohio EPA2Scan Ohio EPA3Scan