Council hears water, sewer tax 1st reading

GREENVILLE — Tuesday evening, Greenville City Council heard its first reading of a revised ordinance increasing water and sewer rates for city residents, effective Sept. 1, 2021.

Under the proposed ordinance, water and sewer rates will increase by 20 percent each September through September 1, 2023, and 10 percent each March through March 1, 2024. The year 2025 will see a locked-in 5 percent increase.

Funds generated by the rate increases will go into the city’s wastewater and water infrastructure funds as follows:

-Wastewater: 2022 – $1 million; 2023 – $2.5 million; 2024 – $3 million

-Water: 2022 – $400,000; 2023 – $500,000; 2024 – $1.2 million

Council will hear a second reading of the ordinance at its next meeting, May 18.

As well, council heard a first reading of a resolution regarding questions about whether or not the city’s current zoning regulations allow marijuana dispensaries, whereas the city does not allow marijuana dispensaries, and the city wishes to further clarify that information.

A motion by Councilman Leon Rogers to suspend the rules and read the resolution by title only a second and third time was voted down. Thus, this resolution will also receive a second reading May 18.

Council passed an ordinance levying assessments in connection with construction of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, storm sewers, drive aprons, lighting, and road widening along the northerly direction of Wagner Avenue over a period of 20 years.

A resolution allowing the city to participate in a road salt purchasing contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation was also passed.

Greenville City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to view these meetings live on Zoom or the following day on the City of Greenville Ohio YouTube channel.

By Erik Martin

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