Water, sewer surcharge approved for Kenmore
Trustee Sam Muscarella, who was under the weather, was not present for the vote.
The minimum water rate increase for a household using 0-8,000 gallons will now be $25, up $2 from the previous minimum rate of $23.
The charge for water above the minimum would be at a rate of $2.77/1000 gallons (currently $2.69).
The Water Surcharge would stay at $10/quarter. This will go into effect on June 1.
The sewer charge, which also goes into effect June 1, would be as follows: Surcharge $25/quarter with a rate of $2.66/1000 gallons, which is currently at $2.58.
"Basically what we do is, we buy our water from the Town of Tonawanda, and we just renewed a contract with them," Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang said. "That rate increase reflect the increases that the town has placed on us. So basically we're just passing it along. Buy it from them, sell it to you. So that's why that increase (is needed)."
Knowing that rate increases of any kind isn't the most pleasant of news, Mayor Mang said this is a situation of it simply being the price of doing business to provide the necessary resources for people in the village.
"And it's necessary to keep up with it because in the past, administrations they didn't," Mang explained, "and those sewer funds and water funds are separate from our general budget. Years ago we were always borrowing from one another, now we've actually got those budgets inline and where they should be so they're self sufficient."
Other items from the meeting include the approval to the Harry E. Crosby Post No. 2472 to do its annual fundraiser sale of poppies May 25 and 26.
The next Kenmore Village Board meeting will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday May,15 at the Kenmore Municipal Building located at 2919 Delaware Ave.
The public is encouraged to attend.