Bexley considers water, trash pick-up rate hikes

Bexley City Council on Oct.23 introduced ordinances that would increase the rates for water and sewer service and trash pick-up for residents starting Jan. 1.

The water and sewer rates charged to customers would increase to $34.38 and $51.32 per 1,000 cubic feet, respectively.

Rate increases are in response to cost hikes instituted by Columbus, which provides Bexley’s water and sewer services.

The increase for trash and yard waste pick-up is due to a jump in the city’s contract with Rumpke, explained Service Director Dorothy Pritchard.

The costs would increase $22 a year for most customers, and $11 a year for qualifying senior citizens.

This is the first increase in these costs since 2002, Pritchard said.

In response to the concerns of College Avenue residents about speeding, council voted to spend $5,700 on a speed table designed to slow vehicles.

Council passed the ordinance on first reading so the device could be installed before cold weather sets in.

Traffic engineer Joe Ridgeway had explained that the portable device, which is to be located just north of the Livingston-College Avenue intersection, is effective while delivering less of a jolt than a speed bump.

Mayor David Madison also announced that a three-way stop would be introduced at the intersection of Astor Avenue and College, another measure residents had suggested.

Ridgeway had been doubtful that the stop signs would help, but he conceded that they were worth a try, the mayor said.

At least one resident is not in favor of the new stop signs. Helen Ackery said her home is near the intersection, and she is worried that trucks stopping and then accelerating will increase noise and exhaust.

Madison said all the steps being taken are on a six-month trial basis.

Council will hold its next meeting to discuss the 2008 budget Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., with the location to be announced.

Councilman Matt Lampke, chairman of the finance committee, noted that the preliminary figures show the city spending $2 million more than it takes in next year, and he is soliciting suggestions from residents on how to reduce this deficit.

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