Westville official recommends sewer rate increase

WESTVILLE — Treasurer Mike Larson reported on Tuesday that the sewer department ran a $29,000 deficit last year, and suggested that board members consider a fee increase to offset future deficits.

Larson said the village spent about $60,000 on sewer repairs last year, much of which was spent replacing large sections of the sewer that serves Virginia Street. He said the village's infrastructure is aging, and that board members have discussed making major repairs to the sewers at a rate of one street per year.

Currently, the village's 1,579 sewer customers pay a $4 monthly sewer maintenance fee to help offset repair and replacement costs. Larson said that if the maintenance fee had been$1 higher last year, it would have eliminated 2/3 of that deficit, and if the fee had been $2 higher last year it would have completely offset the deficit.

The village board took no action on Larson's suggestion.

In other business, board members learned that village workers had repaired six water-main breaks in the past two weeks.

Mayor Mike Weese said village workers were doing a good job with the repairs, but that he expects more temperature-related water-main breaks this winter.

Longtime village worker Paul Miller was named as the superintendent of the streets and alleys department.

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