Huntingburg proposes 18% water rate hike

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

Water rates will likely increase by 18% in Huntingburg.

The Huntingburg Common Council introduced an ordinance for the increase Tuesday evening.

The increase will cover the increased costs for purchasing water from the Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District as well as the $8 million cost for making improvements to water plant and the water main along U.S. 231.

Under the ordinance, the base monthly charge will increase from $13.07 to $15.41. For those using 500 gallons of water, which 20% of Huntingburg’s customers use, the cost will increase from $16.35 to $19.27. Increases are incremented at every 500 gallons up to 10,000 gallons.

For those using 4,000 gallons of water per month, which is the average household, the cost will increase from $39.33 to $46.37. For 5,000 gallons, the cost will increase from $45.86 to $54.07.

The monthly base service charge for meters will increase based on the meter size. For those with a 5/8- to 3/4-inch meter, which is most residential customers, the cost will increase from $13.07 to $15.53 for customers living inside the city limits, and $19.41 for those living outside the limits. For those with a 1-inch meter, the charge will increase from $26.14 to $31.05 for customers in the city and $38.81 for those outside the city. Charges will increase for all meters, up to the 8-inch meter.

The charge for public fire protection, which is what most residences have, will increase based on meter size. The cost will go from $1.72 to $2.04 for a 5/8-inch meter, from $2.43 to $2.89 for a 3/4-inch meter, and from $4.39 to $5.22 for a 1-inch meter. There are also increases for the bigger meters, as well as for customers with private fire protection.

The monthly metered rates per 100 cubic feet will also increase. For the first 5,000 cubic feet, which is most residential customers, the cost will increase from $4.65 to $5.52 for in-city customers and $6.90 for customers outside of the city. The next 20,000 cubic feet, the rates will increase from $4.38 to $5.21 for customers in the city and $6.51 for those outside of the city. For the next 975,000 cubic feet, the rates will increase from $3.94 to $4.69 for in-city customers and $5.86 for outside-city customers.

The rate will increase from $3.94 to $4.69 for the next 1.5 million cubic feet, and from $2.71 to $3.22 for over 2.5 million cubic feet.

A public hearing concerning the water rate increases will be held at the council’s next meeting, which is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at City Hall, 508 E. Fourth St.

See a detailed list of proposed rate increases here: ProposedRates.pdf

The council also approved bids for the water improvement project and introduced the bond ordinance for the State Revolving Fund loan that will be taken out to pay for the project.

Huntingburg Machine Works was hired to complete Division 1 for $1,394,552. Division 1 includes work on the water main along 11 blocks of U.S. 231: between Maple and Chestnut streets, Second and First avenues, First to Third streets, and Fifth to 12th streets.

Reynolds Construction of Orleans was hired to complete Division 2, which is work at the water treatment plant, for $4,880,700. This work includes redoing the chemical feed systems and adding a new intake pump station, new piping, a salt storage space, new walkways inside the building and two backwash tanks.

Solential Energy of Carmel will complete Division 3, installing solar panels to the water treatment plant, for $468,031.

A hearing for the bond financing for the water improvements will also be held at the next council meeting.

The council also:

• Introduced an ordinance for various regulations for the newly redesigned Fourth Street, including parking allowances and weight restrictions for vehicles using the street. Another ordinance was introduced to amend truck routes on nearby streets. The council will consider adopting the regulations, which have the approval of Fourth Street merchants, at the council’s Nov. 26 meeting.

• Introduced an ordinance to eliminate parking on the south side of 12th Street between Main Street and the alley that is 125 feet east of Main Street; on the north side of 12th between Main and Jackson streets; and on both sides of First Street between Chestnut and Sycamore streets. The council will consider approving the ordinance at its Nov. 26 meeting.

• Agreed to participate in a grant application with Dubois County and the City of Jasper to get a $20,000 planning grant from the Indiana State Department of Health. The grant would be used to study how bike trails could be installed to connect Huntingburg, Jasper, Ferdinand and the county park.

• Approved the 2020 salary ordinance for city employees.

• Approved issuing up to $15 million in taxable economic development bonds for the OFS warehouse expansion project on Styline Drive.

• Approved $148,346 in lease financing through the Indiana Bond Bank for a multipurpose tractor for the street department. The equipment will be purchased from Brown Equipment for $198,346.




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