BY JOE OLENICK
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — PENDLETON - Town of Pendleton residents and business owners will see a change in water and sewer rates.
The Town Board approved the changes at a meeting Tuesday, which are effective immediately. No one offered a comment during Tuesday’s public hearing on the rate changes.
The new rates are structured like this. Based on the amount of water a home or building uses, from zero to 6,000 gallons, owners would see the same $11 minimum charge. But after that, owners who use 7,000 to 12,000 gallons would be charged $1.40 per $1,000 of assessed land value, instead of the old flat rate of $16.
Supervisor James Riester said his home uses roughly 11,000 gallons of water each year, which is close to the average home usage in Pendleton, meaning his water bill will probably rise about $3.
The raises were needed to help the department cover expenses. There was also one position cut in the water sewer department, Riester said.
“We cut somebody to help cover these costs,” he said. “That’s no fun either.”
Property owners who use 13,000 to 22,000 gallons will be charged $1.35 per $1,000, while using 23,000 to 32,000 gallons will come with a $1.30 per $1,000 fee. Anything over 32,000 gallons will be charged $1.20 per $1,000.
Sewer rates for residential properties, two-units and single family homes, businesses and buildings with more than two-units will remain at the same $30 flat rate for those who use less than 12,000 gallons.
For residential properties, two-units and single family homes, any usage amount over 12,000 will be charged $2.25 per $1,000, an increase of 25 cents. Businesses and buildings with more than two-units will be charged $3.25 per $1,000, an increase of $1.25.
While expenses have gone up in the water sewer department, officials have found ways to maintain some of them. Councilman Joseph Frawley said for all of 2012 the department handled 113 service calls with 45 overtime calls. Those were lower than what was reported in 2011, when the department handled 175 calls and 74 overtime calls.
Riester said he wasn’t sure the last time Pendleton changed the water and sewer rates, but it had been some time. The rates are still among the lowest in the area, he said.
“It’s just enough to cover expenses and help us be fiscally responsible,” Riester said.
In other town news:
• Members approved the transfer of $30,273.63 to the fixed asset account from the capital account for the purchase of a 2013 Ford F-250 XL regular cab truck, with an eight-foot service box truck for the water sewer department. The price was based on a state bid.
• Councilman Edward P. Harman said Rod Seward has resigned from the town recreation committee.
• The board will hold a work session meeting at 7 p.m. April 16 at the town hall on Campbell Boulevard.Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.