Green City Council
KEY ACTION: A public hearing was held regarding the water contract renewal with Aqua Ohio as the company seeks a 3.5 percent rate annual increase. The proposed contract would run from April 1 of this year to Dec. 31, 2016. In exchange for a rate increase each year, Aqua Ohio would fund city selected capital infrastructure improvement projects up to $1.73 million.
DISCUSSION: President and Chief Operating Officer Ed Kolodziej Jr. answered questions from council members.
Council member Joel Reed explained that if council does not agree to this contract the only other way to establish water rates is to have the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio establish them. Reed explained that the PUCO allows the company (Aqua Ohio) to make an 8 percent profit per year. If the PUCO decides that the rate increase of 3.5 percent or even more is reasonable, then the city of Green incurs all of the litigation costs incurred in the PUCO determining the rates.
Council member John “Skip” Summerville asked for a comparison to other local communities’ water rates.
“Maybe we could compare the communities around us cost per-gallon so that our residents understand. It would be interesting to see what a cost per-gallon is in Kent or Akron or North Canton,” he said.
Kolodziej agreed to get the information before the next council meeting.
Based on the presentation given by Aqua Ohio, if council agrees to the new contract, the average residential monthly water bill increase would be: $38.98 for January and $40.34 for April. It would be $41.76 in January of 2014, then $43.22 in January of 2015 and then $44.73 in January of 2016.
That is based on a 5,000-gallon-a-month consumption. Costs will vary depending on the amount used.
Council is expected to vote on this issue at the April 9 meeting.
OTHER ACTION: Passed a resolution establishing a street lighting district for Stoney Creek Estates Phase III. This street lighting district includes 31 new lots.
UP NEXT: Meets at 7 p.m. April 9 at the Central Administration Building at 1755 Town Park Blvd.