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Mayville board approves water rate increases

July 4, 2012
By DAVE O’CONNOR - CORESPONDENT ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

MAYVILLE - Water rates will increase in five annual steps starting Nov. 1, and on Aug. 1 of the next four years for Mayville Water Department customers as the result of the approval of a new price schedule by the village board during its meeting on June 12.

The new five-year rate structure was unveiled at a public meeting on May 12 where the proposal was deemed necessary to keep the water department in what was termed "a financially responsible condition."

Minimum quarterly charges will be $57.50 for village residents and $86.25 for customers outside of the village starting Nov. 1. Rates the next four years will be $60.25 per quarter rising to $68.50 per quarter for fiscal year 2016-17 for residents and $86.25 rising to $102.75 quarterly for non-residents.

In addition the price of "water tapping and service connection" services was increased. Unlike the water rate, these fees are not scheduled to automatically increase, but do become effective immediately.

The water tapping and service charges, according to the resolution approving their increase, "have not been adjusted to properly account for the materials involved with the service provided to new customers"

An example of the new service schedule is $20 per hour for labor with a 45 percent "overhead on labor" surcharge added plus a 40 percent "transportation clearing" surcharge on the entire labor cost.

The complete water rate schedule and new charges for service and parts is available at the village office.

In other business, a net annual interest rate of 3.8625 percent is what the village will pay for a $1,510,000 serial bond issue with maturities ranging from 2013 to 2036 and interest rates of 3.5 percent for the 2013 to 2025 bonds gradually increasing to 4.1 percent for bonds with the three longest maturities, according to information in the form of another resolution which also passed.

Low bidder for the "Public Improvement Serial Bonds-2012" was Bernardi Securities, Inc., a municipal bond specialist broker-dealer headquartered in Chicago.

Roosevelt and Cross Inc., of New York City, was the unsuccessful bidder offering a net rate of 3.9889 percent with a very different set of rates and maturities ranging from 2.5 percent for bonds maturing from 2013 to 2019 and 4.25 percent for the 2033-2036 maturities.

The bonds are dated June 14, 2012 and come due June 1 of each year. Details are available at the village clerk's office.

As a result of various objections raised by neighbors of the village baseball facility, a public hearing about proposed additions to the facility's infrastructure was scheduled for July 10, 2012 at 6 p.m.

Mayor Marty Bova suggested the hearing and the board approved it when public comments made plain there are neighborhood concerns about additional noise, more traffic and possible obstruction of lake views if a structure is built with a public address area on the upper floor.

Part of the reason for the new building would be to strengthen Mayville's chances of becoming a site for Little League All-Star games next year, Bova explained.

Department of Public Works Superintendent John Buxton told the board new life-guard stations will grace the beach at Lakeside Park this summer. The new stands will allow a guard to always look toward the water while descending the ladder. In past years lifeguards had to descend with their back to the water, an obvious disadvantage if a swimmer is in distress.

Acting unanimously, board members shot down a resolution to spend $12,000 to install fencing around the playground in Lakeside Park. All members voiced doubts about both the necessity and wisdom of the proposed fence.

"I don't think we need it," board member Tye Flurie said.

A Ford fire engine, formerly no. 251, and a fire-hose dryer were declared surplus by the board which also approved the sale of both "in the best interests of the village."

Bova said the asking price is $20,000, but "my guess is $10,000 to $15,000 as the actual sale price."



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