By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
The Town of Farmington is moving forward with the water and sewage rate hikes for residents and resale customers.
During Monday night’s Farmington Town Council meeting, the members unanimously adopted the second amended ordinance extending the protest period and effective date for the new water service rates passed on July 15 of this year. The period for filing protests regarding the water service rates has been extended an additional 30 days from Monday, and the water service rates will take effect in 45 days.
Farmington Mayor Donna Costello explained that the water rate hike hadn’t yet taken effect because of some difficulties involving the wording and forms submitted to the Public Service Commission of West Virginia, which is why the second amended ordinance was required. Water bills will increase by roughly $4 per month for customers.
Council also accepted by unanimous vote the first reading of a second amendment regarding Farmington’s sewer service rates. On Nov. 18, a public hearing will be held and the ordinance will be passed on the second reading. The new rates will take effect 45 days later.
On average, the rates will go up from the current cost of $29.40 to about $32.93 per month. The increase will go toward paying expenses related to the operation, repair, improvement and maintenance of the sewer system.
The Town of Farmington’s resale customers include Little Laurel Run and Sunnyview Acres. The rate increases are necessary because Monongah raised its rates, effective July 1, and Farmington is a resale customer of that municipality.
“I think that residents understand,” Costello said. “We did the best we could to fight it, and it’s been kept as low as possible.”
Also during Monday night’s meeting, Costello discussed how there has been an issue involving water line replacement for some residents on Field Street. This area is technically outside the town limits, but the town recently found out that it was responsible for remedying the situation.
She thanked the Marion County Commission for helping the Town of Farmington financially and allowing work on the project to move quickly. Costello hopes to see these efforts wrapped up soon.
In other news:
• Council member Francie Sherry has resigned due to personal reasons. The town is accepting letters of interest until the end of the business day Monday, Nov. 4, and hopes to fill the position before the November council meeting.
• Farmington’s trick-or-treat will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Leading up to trick-or-treat, the town will hold a costume parade for kids at 6 p.m. Community members are invited and encouraged to come watch the kids parade around the block near Town Hall.
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