Elkton Council tables decision on water, sewer hookup fees

The Valley Banner

ELKTON — Council last Monday unanimously tabled a decision in regard to what hookup fees to charge residents of Mount Pleasant and Newtown roads.

The residents, who were annexed into town years ago, were promised that they could hookup to the town’s water and sewer within five years at then-existing rates.

Councilman Jay “Tony” Dean previously said it would cost the town around $1.5 million to extend the lines to facilitate the hookups.

A committee will discuss the issue, including possible financing options, and make a recommendation to council, Councilwoman Margaretta Isom said.

Budget progressing
Isom said the town’s Finance Committee continues working on the Fiscal Year 2017 budget, which is now on its fourth draft.

The proposed $5.376 million budget includes a 1.4-percent increase in water and sewer rates in accord with the Consumer Price Index. The CPI-related increases are required by town ordinance, Mayor Wayne Printz said after the meeting.

No other tax and fee increases are planned, Printz said. The budget also does not include an employee pay raise, although he said the town will be paying an additional $39 per month premium toward its 34 employees’ health insurance. That comes to an additional $15,912 for the fiscal year. Town employees received a 3-percent raise last year.

The budget would be less than the current fiscal year’s $5.45 million budget, however Printz noted that the town is planning to borrow some $3.6 million to add clarifiers to the town’s wastewater treatment plant in the second phase of an upgrade. Sale of bonds for the project should be made in the near future. In addition, the town is planning to spend some $40,000 to replace aging water lines while it tries to procure a grant to help with that endeavour.

Odds and ends
In other news, council unanimously approved a memorial tree planting proposal for Stonewall Park.

Printz noted that the family of the late Jerrick Hammer, 18, recently planted a dogwood tree in the park in his honor. Councilmen Harry Armbruster and Gerry “Bootie” Comer recommended that town staff design a plan for where future memorial trees will be planted.

Armbruster noted that Pat Shifflett resigned as chairwoman of the Elkton Area Community Center advisory board. Council unanimously voted to appoint Randall Snow the chairman.

EACC Director Mark Pedersen said that the movie “Inside Out” will be shown the evening of June 11 for the first Elkton Family Fun Night. The movie will be displayed outdoors on a 9- x 16-foot screen recently purchased by the town.

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