By Melanie Yingst
TROY — Those who left their water running to avoid frozen pipes, may want to be reminded that the city of Troy’s water and sewer rates increased by 6 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
According to city auditor John Stickel, there was a 6 percent increase in city water and a 6 percent increase in sewer rates which became effective Jan. 1.
The rate increases began in 2013. In 2013, water rates remained flat with no increase in rates, while sewer rates increased 9.5 percent.
According to Sue Knight, clerk of council, water and sewer rates will increase each year through 2016. Water rates will increase 6 percent each year through 2016. Sewer rates will increase 4 percent in 2015 and 2 percent in 2016.
The rate increases were passed in an ordinance on Feb. 4, 2013. The City of Troy announced water and sewer rate increases that will become effective beginning with a customer’s first bill due on or after January 1, 2014. According to the city’s website, water and sewer charges for 2014 are increasing including the minimum charges based on meter size. A full list of rates including monthly usage and meter size is located on the city’s website www.troyohio.gov.
As of Jan. 1, 2014, the city will be collecting a $10 license fee for city streets for the next five years.
The $10 fee would generate around $220,000 a year, about one third of the $600,000 a year of street maintenance budget. All of the $10 tax would go to the city and its 110 road miles of streets.
In other news, the city council met Monday for the first time in 2014:
Council tapped Sue Knight as its clerk of council, approve the rules of council. Council named Marty Baker as president and Alan Clark as president pro tem. Councilman Bobby Phillips was named clerk of council pro tem.
Council passed a resolution to formerly opposed House Bill 5. As currently proposed, and approved by the Ohio House of Representatives, the annual negative impact of that bill to the City of Troy income tax revenue is projected to be $750,000 to $1.25 million.
Council also passed its second resolution to authorize the use of Internet auction sites for sale of surplus property. It is an annual resolution, according to city officials.
Council also passed its third resolution to bid concession vendors at Paul G. Duke Park. The resolution included that the concession contracts for the Little League football field and the softball fields would be bid for two years, instead of three due to only one bidder for the project in years past.
Council also passed two ordinances at Monday’s meeting. The first ordinance passed was for the assessments for the sidewalk project on North Market Street.
The second ordinance passed was to replat and vacate easements in regards to the property on North Kings Chapel. A new building project, CarStar, is currently being built on Kings Chapel Drive North.
Council also met in executive session for a confidential discussion about legal matters with the city’s law director Jim Livingston during the meeting.
Council will meet again at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at City Hall. The meeting was moved due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
All city council meetings are open to the public. Comments regarding resolutions and ordinances are accepted at the beginning of the council meeting. Audience comments in regards to any city matter are accepted prior to the adjournment of the council meeting.
For more information, visit www.troyohio.gov.