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DuBois council takes steps toward uniform water rate
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
By Josh Woods Staff Writer
DUBOIS - The City of DuBois has taken the necessary first step toward making its water rate uniform for all customers. Yesterday, DuBois City Council, at its work session, approved filing a request for a water rate increase for non-resident customers. The city will file the request with the Public Utilities Commission.
In an interview with The Progress, City Manager John "Herm" Suplizio said city residents currently pay $6 per 1,000 gallons on a monthly basis. Non-resident customers pay $5.15 per 1,000 gallons up to 9,000 gallons and $3.15 per 1,000 gallons for 9,000 gallons or more on a quarterly basis, he said. If PUC approves the water rate increase all customers would pay $6 per 1,000 gallons.
"It's very important people understand we're just looking to equal the rates," said Suplizio. "This is the first step that has to be done to raise rates outside the city."
Suplizio said a major waterline break occurred yesterday afternoon between Main and Locust streets. As a result, a few residents may have dirty water. Crews were working to resolve the issue, he said.
Authorization was given to proceed with phase 3 of the Showers Field project. Phase 3 includes replacing the left field fence and adding a high-walled equipment building to block out the sun. Phases 1 and 3 of the project will run concurrently, Suplizio said, while phase 2 awaits an environmental study.
Drainage, a new playing surface, dugouts and bathrooms comprise phase 1 of the project. The parking lot and bleachers make up phase 2. Suplizio estimated the total project cost to be $1.4 million to $1.5 million. Project completion is slated for 2015.
Councilwoman Diane Bernardo emphasized the renovation of Showers Field would make it a first-class facility. The city's goal is to have the best baseball facility in the area, Suplizio said. Showers Field will host tournaments, bringing business into the region, he said.
Council approved the purchase of the S&T Bank parking lot at 35 W. Scribner Ave. in the amount of $93,000. S&T Bank plans to close its drive-through at the location, and offered the lot to the city. The purchase is one of the land sales recently discussed in executive session, Suplizio said.
Councilman Randy Schmidt was absent from the meeting.
DuBois City Council's next meeting is Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the city building. A work session is planned for Feb. 21 at 4 p.m.
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