2011-10-08 / News

No increase for Village of Thornville residents

By Scott Rawdon

THORNVILLE – Thornville’s water and sewer rates are not changing, said Thornville Mayor Beth Patrick.

She said a headline in a county publication led Village of Thornville residents to believe that the village was significantly raising their water and sewer rates. The reality is, she said, that Northern Perry County Water and Wastewater is changing its rate structure, which may be bad news for its customers, but Village of Thornville customers have nothing to worry about.

“We’ve been getting a ton of calls,” she said. “There are no changes at this time for Thornville customers who reside in the village for water or sewer. We’re trying to get the correct information out there.” Patrick said village staff members have posted flyers around the village explaining that there is no change.

Tuesday afternoon, Northern Perry County Water and Wastewater Supervisor Kelly Green issued the following statement: “After extensive consideration, the Perry County Commissioners and Northern Perry County Water and Wastewater have established new sewer rates that will become effective November 2011. A rate increase is necessary to meet the debt and operating expenses associated with the Ohio EPA mandated sewer improvements around Buckeye Lake. The new sewer rates will have a $60 minimum bill (including 2,000 gallons of usage) and $8 per 1,000 gallons of usage thereafter. Customers without county water will be billed $75 per month for homes under 1,200 square feet and $85 per month for homes over 1,200 square feet.”

The new minimum rate would double the existing $30 minimum rate. Patrick said Northern Perry County’s rate increase has nothing to do with the water Thornville sells to Northern Perry County Water and Wastewater or the sewage it processes for it. “We haven’t raised their rates in three or four years,” she said. “I don’t want people to think we raised their rates.”

In other Thornville news:

• Patrick said resident Cathy Boykin was appointed to the Thornville Village Council to replace council member Brian Dunlap, whose work demands forced him to resign. Also council member Dayna Patrick resigned from her position when she moved out of the village. “They will be missed,” said Patrick. “They brought many years of experience.”

• Thornville will hire a new pool manager soon. “We’d like to have someone in place, starting off the new year,” said Patrick. She said the earlier a new pool manager can start, the sooner that person can begin lifeguard classes and other training.

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