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Trezevant Approves Increased Water Rates

by Joel Washburn washburn@mckenziebanner.com
Posted 9/15/20

TREZEVANT (September 8) — The Town of Trezevant Mayor and Board approved a rate hike in the water and sewer rates effective September 9, 2020. The rates were necessary to reach a break even …

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Trezevant Approves Increased Water Rates

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TREZEVANT (September 8) — The Town of Trezevant Mayor and Board approved a rate hike in the water and sewer rates effective September 9, 2020. The rates were necessary to reach a break even point of revenues vs. expenditures as mandated by the state after two years of deficits. The rate is adjusted to $21.66 monthly minimum for up to 1,000 gallons and $2.85 per 1000 gallons over the original 1,000 gallons. The sewer charge is 110 percent of the sewer charge. The rate is increased on a one-year period to be revisited after that period.

The city also voted to seek a $707,525 loan/grant from USDA through its Revolving Loan Fund to make necessary upgrades to the water system. There is a possible grant for the $122,650 for the planning and designing phase of the project. Jeff Goad, city financial officer, said the interest rate might be lower than one percent to install new controls, pump controls, and new electronics. The city has the option to accept or reject the loan, based on the amount of payback and the necessary water rates to fund the debt. The board was alerted there is a day of reckoning for the outdated system.

Mayor Bobby Blaylock said the city is pumping more gallons of fresh water than gallons billed to customers.

Water Department employees indicated they repaired three major leaks recently, which should reduce the loss of water. They also noted the water flow meters need to be calibrated to better record the amount of water pumped to customers.

The board also approved construction of two well houses by Lashlee-Rich of Humboldt at a total cost of $12,210. The state has expressed its concern for the structure during the last two inspections.

Jerry Moore made a request to connect his home to the city’s sewer system to abandon his failing septic system. Joe Waldrup, water superintendent, said the city could install a grinder pump in Waldrup’s existing septic tank and force the wastewater through a pressure main to the nearest manhole several hundred feet away at an estimated cost of $2400 to $2500 cost of materials. Other options included hiring an engineer and contract the service or deny service to Moore because it is cost prohibitive. The board delayed action until next month.

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