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Coleman Utility Holds Off On Rate Increase
Issue Date: May 16, 2019
At the monthly meeting of the Village of Coleman Water and Sewer Utility Board, Chair Glenn Woulf, who also serves as Village President, informed board that the the auditors have advised the Village of Coleman to increase both water and sewer rates.
Woulf said he would like to hold off on this increase until after completion of the cheese factory and also monitor water usage by The United Co-Op to see how this will affect the numbers. After discussion the committee decided to hold off on a rate increase and readdress the topic with the auditors in May of 2020.
Members present in addition to Woulf were Jim Karban, Nancy Stank, Aaron Patefield, Katie Torres and Jodi Karas. No one was absent.
The board reviewed sewer flows and water production reports. In his Public Utilities Department report Patefield presented data on flow, usage and effluent content for April. The department produced 2,729,000 gallons of water, and there were 9,243,000 gallons of influent, so an influent problem of 6,514,000 problem was identified. Contents of wastewater treatment effluent were well within permit limits.
Patefield said April was one of the worst months they have had in years with inflow and infiltration. He would like to open discussion on the possibility of purchasing a large holding tank, which would give him the capability to hold more water and waste and avoid any future charges from the state for going over the maximum gallons, keeping the design flow under 275,000 gallons per day.
Patefield also mentioned replacement of the old fire hydrants should start in June.
Treasurer's Report read by Karban showed balances of $75,220.09 in the Utility Regular Checking Account, $244,250.62 in the Utility Money Market Account with Associated Bank, $393,137.27 in the Utility Money Market Account with Peshtigo National Bank, $ 65,382.16 in the Water Replacement Money Market Account, and $ 63,829.02 in the Sewer Replacement Money Market Account.
Vouchers totaling $27,271.91 were reviewed by each board member. Since last month's meeting checks were written in the amount of $70,181.58. Motion to accept the treasurer's report and approve the vouchers as presented was approved without dissent.
A delinquent utility account listing was distributed to each board member. Delinquencies currently total $3,071.42.