By Rick Palsgrove
The cost of flushing is going up.
Groveport City Council is considering raising the city’s sewer rate from $5.88 per 1,000 gallons to $6.23 per 1,000 gallons effective April 1.
Groveport contracts with the city of Columbus for sewer service
“Columbus has increased their sewer rate every year since 2008 totaling 25 percent through 2014,” said Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall. “We are only proposing increasing the sewer rate by 6 percent in order to maintain a positive fund balance at the end of the year.”
Hall said she believes Columbus did not notify Groveport when it raised the sewer rates. She said Groveport will not ask residents to pay for back sewer charges.
The increased sewer rate will be coupled with water rate increases for those on the Groveport water system. The water rate increase schedule is: 20 percent for the first 2014 billing; 20 percent in 2015; 12 percent in 2016; and 3 percent in 2017.
“However, we will analyze our carryover at the end of each of these years to determine if we can either reduce or eliminate any future increase,” said Hall.
Hall said the city eventually will switch from quarterly to monthly billing
“This is still to be determined,” said Hall. “We are working on this right now.”
New water plant
Council heard the first reading of legislation to use $2.18 million in 20-year bonds or bond anticipation notes to construct the city’s new water plant.
Hall said plans are to begin construction of the water plant in April with the plant expected to be operational by early 2015. She said the water plant will be built between the water tower and the storage barn along South Hamilton Road near the existing water plant. The demolition date for the old water plant is still to be determined.
“The current plant will stay in operation during construction of the new plant,” said Hall. “There should be a very short period of time that we may need to purchase water from the city of Columbus.”
Additionally, Hall said the Ohio EPA has indicated the city can take the 100,000 gallon, 77-year-old “Tin Man” water tower out of use after the construction of the new plant is completed.
“That water tower will be taken down at the same time it is taken out of service,” said Hall.
The 200,000 gallon water tower along South Hamilton Road, built in 1969, will remain in use.
The existing Groveport water plant on South Hamilton Road was built in 1936. The workings of the plant were replaced in 1962 and the facility expanded from 1965-68. The plant underwent other refurbishments and upgrades from 1997 to 2002.
There are approximately 1,200 customers on the Groveport city water system and about 1,500 customers in Groveport who are on the Columbus water system, according to Groveport officials.