Poseyville utility rates go up

By Valerie Werkmeister
Members of the Poseyville Town Council approved two new ordinances that raise the water and sewer rates for its customers during last week’s February 12, meeting. A rate hearing was held prior to the start of the council meeting. No remonstrators were present or spoke during the hearing.
Customers will be billed for a minimum of 2,000 gallons of water at a cost of $29.40 which is a $3.54 increase over the current bill. The water rate for 4,000 gallons increases from $44.70 to $50.84. Customers who use 6,000 gallons of water will see a $7.44 increase on their bills.
Sewer rates also reflect slight increases over the current bills. The first 2,000 gallons increase from $31.20 to $37.20. Those who use 4,000 gallons will see a $9 increase and 6,000 gallons used will reflect a $12 increase on their bill.
The new rates will be in effect during March usage and customers will see the change reflected on their bills in April.
Julie Mayo informed the council members that the utility office is now able to collect payments using customer’s credit or debit cards. A two percent fee is added to the bill for this convenience.
Town Council President Bruce Baker commended the work of the town employees on their quick action during the recent boil order. A water main break forced the entire town to boil water for a few days until state lab tests confirmed the water was safe to drink. It was noted it was the first time in the town’s history the entire town was under the boil order. In the past, only isolated areas have had to boil their water.
Council members Ron Fallowfield and Steve Ahrens also commended the town on their hard work removing snow and ice from Poseyville streets.
Poseyville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Chris Neaveill informed the council he is working with the insurance company on a property damage incident involving the Wadesville Fire Department. He advised the damage to his department’s property was minimal.
The fire department will host a chili supper on Sunday, March 2. They will serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as well as desserts. Neaveill stated J & S Communications of Evansville has donated a 50-inch LED TV for the department to raffle during the supper.
The cold weather has made it problematic to fight the rash of fires the department has been battling. Neaveill stated the department has had just as many fire calls as they have medical calls so far this year. Unsafe heat sources and chimney fires are to blame for a bulk of the fire-related emergencies.
The council approved a quote from Keyfund software to purchase budgetary software at a cost of $6,750. The new software will make record keeping more efficient and provide real-time updates during data entry.
Mayo also requested approval for a new lease agreement on the postage meter. The current lease has expired. The new lease will cost $186 quarterly which is a $3 decrease from the recently expired lease. The council approved her request.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 12, at 4:30 p.m. in the town hall.

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