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LCBPU tap fees increase on April 1

Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 5:02 am

County water tap fees for new services will be increasing to $1,400 starting April 1.

This is a $200 increase over the current fees.

During a meeting Thursday night, Ronnie Braden, Lincoln County Board of Public Utilities superintendent, presented a proposal to the board based on an examination of the rising cost of materials.

At last month’s meeting, Braden estimated that the cost of materials had risen about 22%. New EPA rules state that water utilities must use brass fittings rather than bronze fittings because of a small amount of lead contained in bronze.

“We’re just trying to cover our costs,” explained Braden.

Ron Stanly, secretary, made a motion to approve the tap fee increase due to the increased cost of materials, and Wade Williams, board member, seconded the motion.

In other business, Braden produced a copy of the USGS test well report, which recorded the depth to water level, feet below land surface, on Jan. 3 as 11.92-feet. With the recent rains, in just one month the water level since Dec 3 has risen 3.54 feet.

At the end of June 2012, Braden had advised customers to voluntarily conserve water to avoid implementing mandatory water restrictions. At that time, the test well was down to 20.35 feet.

In other discussion last week, Braden mentioned that he looked into the GPS services that G-Squared offers, and they let him look at some GPS software.

“G-Squared will have a price next meeting,” said Braden.  “We’ll have to buy software”

GPS services could be used for mapping meters, valves, road crossings, hydrants, pipes and more starting with the Phase VI water project.

In other action, the board approved a leak adjustment for a resident.