Update: 1/11/2018 10:40 A.M.
The Wood County Commission approves a 10% sewer rate increase for the Lubeck Public Service District, less than what the PSD had requested.
The PSD had wanted-and approved on its own in November-a nearly 15% rate hike.
That was a proposal met with opposition from district residents who attended several meetings on the issue in recent weeks.
The PSD argued the money is needed for repairs, equipment purchases and upgrades, and-perhaps discussed the most-to set aside for emergencies under a law approved two years ago.
After the meeting Thursday, the district's board members said the money the commission did approve will help them begin to address those needs.
"That will cut back on possible repairs, as we had planned," said PSD Chairman Jerry Martin. "So, it will take us longer to do what we needed to do. Hopefully, we won't have too much deterioration in the product, or deterioration in services. So, the money will help us."
Commissioner Bob Tebay proposed a four per cent increase, but the other commissioners weren't convinced that would help the PSD meet its goals.
Commission President Blair Couch estimates the 10% increase will raise more than $147,000 for the district.
The commission also approved a waiver for the 45-day waiting period for the hike to take effect.
The Wood County Commission is expected to vote Thursday on a proposed sewer rate increase for the Lubeck Public Service District. Its meeting begins at 9:30 A.M.
The second two public hearings on a proposed sewer rate increase in the Lubeck Public Service District is set for Monday, January 8 at 7 P.M. at the Judge Donald F. Black Annex.
The Wood County Commission Thursday held the first of two public hearings on a proposed sewer rate increase for the Lubeck Public Service District.
The PSD's accountant says the sewer system has infrastructure needs, along with a state requirement to keep a reserve fund for emergencies.
But residents who also attended the meeting asked whether the district has done enough to save money.
"What other avenues has the PSD taken?," asked New England Ridge resident Brian Stanley. "Have they cut any costs? Have they cut any overtime? Have they cut any wages? What have you done to cut expenses?"
The PSD also was asked if had sought other resources, such as federal and state grants, for money.
Accountant Zach Dobbins said the district isn't considered in a high-poverty area, to be eligible for available grants.
The commission has until January 15 to act on the proposed increase.
The public meeting on a proposed sewer rate increase in the Lubeck PSD will be moved to a larger venue, such as the Donald F. Black annex, if there is a large crowd at the Wood County Commission's offices.
It is set for Thursday at 10:30 A.M.
A public hearing on a proposed sewer rate increase for the Lubeck Public Service District will be held in the Wood County Commission offices in the county courthouse on Thursday, December 28, during the commission's regular meeting.
Commission President Blair Couch says that time was settled on at the commission's Thursday meeting after discussion of several times for the hearing, including evening times.
The Lubeck PSD November 30 approved a 14.8% sewer rate increase after hearing comments from residents, all of them against the proposed rate hike.
The commission Thursday also awarded a South Dakota firm, Zuercher Technologies, a contract for upgrading the 911 center's computer assisted dispatch system.
The CAD,.as it is known, is used in helping 911 dispatchers determine the exact location of emergency calls.
And the commission approved awarding a "Spirit of Wood County"
honor to local realtor Larry Fought. who has organized discussions on drug abuse at various churches and other organizations