Board of Commissioners Actions: April 18, 2006

Board of Commissioners Actions
April 18, 2006

REPORT ON PEN-MAR WATER PROJECT
Sonja Hoover of the Economic Development Commission told the Board that a Public Hearing on the water project in the PenMar area will be held on May 23 at 7:00PM, to get public input on application for a grant to assist residents with water hookup fees and associated plumbing costs. Assistance would be in the form of grants to citizens. Commissioners' President Greg Snook requested that the location for the meeting be moved from the Smithsburg Library to a location in the immediate PenMar area.
LANDFILL USER FEE ADOPTION
Solid Waste Department Director Bob Davenport brought this request, to approve the resolution adopting landfill user fees for FY 2007, before the Board. The County Commissioners held a public hearing on April 4, to permit any resident of the County to appear and testify concerning the proposed modification to certain landfill user fees. The recommendation is based on a fee structure established from the Financial Model on full costs accounting; budget requirements for all Solid Waste Operations, future construction, closure and 30-year post closure costs. The Solid Waste Advisory Commission recommendation is based on average weight/ cubic yard ratios for used capacity. Based on costs of service analysis, the recommended rates fund operating costs, reserves, and waste stream projections. Proposed fee increases from staff for commercial tipping would be $60 per ton for rubble and composting, and $50 per ton for municipal solid waste. Permit fees would also increase under the plan, with the Senior Citizen fee increasing by $5.00 from $90 to $95 per year and regular permits increasing from $120 to $130 per year. The Solid Waste Advisory Commission recommended $75 per ton for Rubble and Building Debris and $100 per ton for High Volume-Low Weight materials, based on average weight to cubic yard ratios for used capacity. The Commissioners approved the SWAC recommendation for Rubble at $75 per ton, but the High-Volume Low-Weight fee would remain at $75 per ton. Residential Permits were set at $125 for regular permits and $95 for Senior Citizens, or an increase of $5.00 each. The measures were approved by unanimous vote.
WATER AND SEWER RATE USER FEE ADOPTION
Department of Water Quality Director Greg Murray brought this request, for approval of a resolution adopting water and sewer rates and fees for FY 2007, before the Board. The County Commissioners held a public hearing on April 4th, to permit any resident of Washington County to appear and testify concerning the proposed modification of water and sewer rates and certain miscellaneous fees. Water and Sewer revenue requirements show that a 3% increase in water revenue and a 2% increase in sewer revenue are necessary to facilitate the Department of Water Quality's long-range financial plans. The presented rate schedule for FY 2007 is based on this requirement. The proposed residential sewer rates would go to $107.70 for 12,000 gallons per quarter, an increase of $2.15. The residential water rates were requested at $118.60 per 12,000-gallon average quarterly flow, an increase of $3.50. The measures were approved by unanimous vote.