Shady Cove will pay $2.50 mo. more on sewer July 1

Residents will find a $2.50 increase in their monthly sewer bill beginning July 1. Shady Cove City Council approved that amount at the May 15 council meeting, as well as reappointing two planning commissioners to four-year terms.
On recommendation from the budget committee, council raised the sewer usage fee for what will be the first increase since 1995. The increase will generate about $40,000 for future repairs or to replace equipment when needed, according to City Administrator Elise Smurzynski. At this time, there is no cash carryover or money in the contingency fund for operating and maintaining of the wastewater collection and treatment system.

The city already has a fee schedule. Smurzynski will update it with the
new amount and bring it back to council for approval. Councilor Gary
Hughes said, "It is a hard pill to swallow but we have to do it." The
vote for the increase was unanimous. The resolution also had wording
for a reduction in staff. With the elimination of a half-time position
and the $2.50 increase, public works will see about $65,000 yearly.
08-06 approved the award of a bid for the city hall parking lot for
$118,669 to ROBCO. Public Works Director George Bostic said it would
take 20 to 30 days for completion. This includes curb and gutter and
underground utilities on Ponderosa up to the gate. Because the library
shares the parking lot, Jackson County will pay for 12 parking spaces
and contribute to the lighting.
The Department of
Environmental Quality is in the process of rewriting the discharge
permit for public works. The review takes place about every two years.
Bostic is hopeful DEQ won’t hit the city with something unaffordable.
The two issues would be discharge into the river such as from the
treatment plan and the temperature of the wastewater, he said.
Borgen and Leith Hayes were reappointed to the planning commission. The
positions were not posted in the newspaper because the city’s policy is
to first offer the seats to the commissioners whose terms are up. Mayor
Ruth Keith said the legalities were discussed with City Attorney Steve
Rich. Hughes said he would like to see a change in policy so positions
in the future would be open to anyone who might want to apply.
approved workers compensation coverage for volunteers. Included are
police and public safety reserve officers, community service officers,
commissioners, committee members, councilors and clerical volunteers.
Officer Scott Waldon cautioned residents to close garage doors at
night. There are more people on the streets after midnight because of
warmer weather. Waldon also said there have been about 30 DUI arrests
this year so far.
The city wide cleanup with disposal bins at the fire department is May 23 & 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The June 5 council meeting will include a public hearing for a supplemental budget for the current 07-08 budget.
next study session and regular council meeting are June 5, 1:30 p.m.
and 6:30 p.m. respectively at city hall, 22541 Highway 62.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of  the Independent


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