Hamburg sets new fee schedule for 2013

Hamburg residents will see a slight increase in their water rates, a larger increase in their storm water utility payments and a significant drop in their sewer rates in 2013.

No residents attended a public hearing regarding those changes during the Hamburg City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and the council approved a complete fee schedule for the new year following the hearing.

The base water rate will increase from $16 per month to $16.50 per month this year, and the usage charge of $7.50 per 1,000 gallons will rise to $7.75 for the same amount.

A more sizable increase is coming in the storm water utility fee, which is increasing from $16.75 per month to $25 per month to help cover the cost of the recently completed Inflow and Infiltration Abatement Project.

However, to help offset those increases the city’s sewer rates are actually dropping next year, from a $12.75 per month base charge to $11.50 per month, and a $5.45 per 1,000 gallons used rate to $4.90.

Other notable changes to the fee schedule involved rental fees for the community hall, which will rise $100 this year to $600 for non-residents and $550 for city residents. An extra provision in the rental fees for this year is a $100 charge to gain access to the building the evening before an event, or $200 for access to the building for a full day before the event.

A final change of note is that the salary for council members to attend a special meeting will increase from $25 to $50.

In other business, the council:
• Recognized departing members Larry Mueller and John Barnes for their service to the city. Mueller served as a council member for a decade, and Barnes completed four years with the council at the turn of the year.

On Jan. 8 the council appointed Robert “Bob” Gregonis to the open council seat, filling one of the two vacancies left by Mueller and Barnes. Richard Odoms was the only individual to file for office during last fall’s election and filled the other seat. Gregonis had received the most write-in votes during the election.

• Set a public hearing for 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 to discuss the possibility of zoning changes that would allow apartment units within single-family dwellings as a conditional use.

• Will be seeking estimates to televise and clean 3,000 to 5,000 feet of sewer mains around the city.

Contact Paul Downer at paul.downer@ecm-inc.com

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