Brighton: City council raises water rates

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From the Brighton Standard Blade (Kevin Denke):

City council members gave their unanimous, albeit begrudging, initial approval July 5 to an ordinance that will increase fixed water rates as well as consumptive water user rates. Under the proposed changes, the fixed water charge would change from $6.36 to $7.86 a month, the sewer charge would go from $2.15 a month to $5.40 a month. A new $1.75 storm drainage charge would also be added. In regards to water consumption rates, a water user would see an increase from $3.78 per 1,000 gallons of water to $3.93 per 1,000 gallons of water and an increase from $3.77 per 1,000 gallons to $3.92 per 1,000 in the sewer utility charge…

City utilities director Jim Landeck took city councilors on a visual tour of the city’s aging infrastructure that prompted the proposed increases. He said much of the water and sewer pipelines in the older area of Brighton have more than began to show their age, bursting at a moment’s notice and leaving residents without water during emergency repairs. Landeck pegged some pipes as close to 100 years old. “These pipelines that have been in the ground now for almost 100 years are showing considerable signs of corrosion,” Landeck said…

The proposed increases, which the city says are the first substantial water and sewer rate increases in 13 years, brought concern from city council members including Ward 2 councilman Rex Bell. He said he worried about the impact it would have on residents of his ward but he worried more about the long-term effect of doing nothing…

The ordinance is scheduled for final consideration at the July 19 city council meeting with the fixed rate changes to take place after Aug. 1. Water consumption rates would take effect Oct. 1.

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