The Centerville Municipal Waterworks Board of Trustees during their March 27 meeting at City Hall voted to approve a lease contract with Farmers Mutual Communications Inc. of Moulton to allow them to attach Internet equipment to the city’s south water tower.
In other action, Waterworks board members approved a correction to the water surcharge fee.
Patrick Antonen, city administrator, said after checking the system, he found where several residents living outside the city limits were receiving city services but were not paying surcharges. Antonen said approximately 12 individuals fell into this category and are now being assessed a surcharge.
The same check found a few living inside the city limits receiving city services and were being assessed a surcharge. Antonen said it was two individuals who had just recently annexed into the city.
The water and sewer surcharges in place only apply to those who are hooked up to and using city services but do not live within the city limits.
Antonen said the idea behind the surcharges is to entice people using city services living outside the city limits to want to be voluntarily annexed into the city.
“Basically, they get all of the benefits of living in the city and not paying city taxes,” Antonen said. “The surcharge is the way to entice people to annex.”
The water service surcharge is 25 percent of the total water bill. So, if a customer has a $40 water bill, an additional $10 is added as a surcharge.
The sewer service surcharge is 100 percent of the total sewer bill. So, if a customer has a $40 sewer bill, an additional $40 is added as a surcharge.
The waterworks board approved a resolution that orders bids, approves plans, specifications, form of contract and sets a date to receive bids and to set a public hearing for the estimate of cost for the 2013 water system improvements projects associated with the street paving project on East and West State Street and North 10th Street.
Waterworks board members approved the resignation of Linda Miller. Then they approved the appointment of Frank Belloma to the board to fill Miller’s vacancy.
Total water revenues for February 2014 were $90,682.21.
Waterworks board members include Carl Cisler, chairperson, Nancy Bennett, Bill Milani, Frank Belloma and Dale Sales.