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Caledonia adds jobs, moves forwad on water rate increase


Ryan Poe



CALEDONIA -- Aldermen voted Tuesday to advertise two new positions on the town''s payroll: a maintenance employee and a concession stand manager. 


Both employees will work at Ola J. Pickett Park, the maintenance employee on upkeep of the fields at $8.50 per hour and the concessions manager at the stand for $200 a month. 


For more information, including how to apply, contact the town clerk, Judy Whitcomb, at 356-9122. 


In other business, aldermen voted to authorize Mayor George Gerhart to sign a petition to the Public Service Commission for a change in the water rate system. 


The decision was the next step to change the town water billing system to offset the cost of a new water treatment plant and well. 


Aldermen had voted Dec. 21 to have the town attorney, Jeff Smith, draw up the petition to charge residents in and outside the town a minimum of $7.25 for up to 1,000 gallons per month, then an additional $7.25 per 1,000 gallons used. 


The current billing system has in-town residents paying $12 and outsiders paying $14 for up to 2,000 gallons or water, then an additional fee per gallon. 


The town has yet to set a public hearing to gauge public opinion of the proposal. 


If approved, the change could bring in an additional $959,000 or so per year, about $1,000 more than the annual projected operating cost of the water department after completion of the new well and treatment system.




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Article Comment mscampers commented at 2/4/2011 1:05:00 PM:

While I understand costs are ever increasing and the new well and treatment plant must be funded, my calculation is this increase is a 40% increase at one time. This seems to be an excessive increase in water pricing.


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