TR Council votes to increase water/sewer rates
by Tim Delaney, Progress Editor
Nov 10, 2012 | 1386 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
THREE RIVERS — The Three Rivers City Council approved an ordinance raising water and sewer rates during a special meeting Monday, Oct. 22.

Ordinance No. 02257 calls for keeping the rate for individual residential customers the same at $12 a month, but the cost for every 1,000 gallons after the monthly rate was raised from $1.25 to $1.50.

Business customers will see their minimum rate increase from $16.50 to $18.50 a month and the cost of every additional 1,000 gallons increase from $1.25 to $1.75.

Other increases in the rates were more specific.

For motels, cafes and restaurants: increase from $19.50 to $21.50 a month and an increase for each additional 1,000 gallons from $1.25 to $1.75; each apartment in a complex, mobile home in a park and apartment in a federal low rent house: stays the same at $28.50 a month, but for each additional 1,000 gallons an increase from $1.25 to $1.75; transport companies, school districts, slaughter houses, washeterias, car washes, service stations with car wash facilities and large industrial users: increase from $28.50 to $30.50 a month, and an increase for each additional 1,000 gallons from $1.25 to $1.75.

Also, churches inside city limits will see the monthly rate stay the same at $12. But the cost for each additional 1,000 gallons of water will increase from $1.25 to $1.50.

Customers outside the city limits will see an increase that will be double what residents in the city pay: $24. Also, for each additional 1,000 gallons, an increase from $1.25 to $1.75.

All businesses outside the city limits will see a monthly increase from $38 to $41.50. Also, the rate for each additional 1,000 gallons will increase from $`.25 to $1.75.

The council also authorized Mayor James Liska to execute a proposed agreement to provide water, waste water services and utilities to the Rio Vista subdivision.

The council noted that the proposed agreement with a future developer called for specific amounts of water. But that would have to undergo changes.

Liska said the city would provide water and sewage services in the same manner that the city provides it to all others in the city.

The council also discussed annexation of 37 acres located on the west side of U.S. Highway 281, north of the Old Oakville Road and east of the existing railroad right of way.

City attorney Harry Schulz said all he needs is a good description of the property – whether it was from a deed or from a survey – to prepare the documentation for annexation, as long as all parties are willing.

The property is the site of a proposed new development that will have 72 units, including single bedroom, two-bedroom and three bedroom dwellings, as well as 156 parking spaces (two per apartment). The development will be gated with professional landscaping using xeriscape plants that need little water.

The development will get its water from the El Oso water supplier, but wants a sewage line from Three Rivers, as well as construction of roads.

A verbal agreement that the city will pay for 70 percent of that cost and the developer pay 30 percent was agreed upon.

Another meeting, possibly specially called, of the council will have as an agenda item the approval of annexation by the current owners of the land along with the agreement with the developer.

“We definitely want this to happen ... at the same time, it is going to cost us a lot of money – we should get some of it back through annexation,” Liska said.
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