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Scottville water, sewer rates to increase in January

December 19, 2018

SCOTTVILLE — Water rates in Scottville are set to go up by 4.5 percent and sewer rates will go up by 10 percent in January 2019 following a decision from the city commission Monday.

The higher charges are the result of increases on the cost of water imposed by the City of Ludington and in preparation for two projects that will affect the city’s water and sewer systems, according to City Manager Amy Williams.

“We have two upcoming projects,” Williams said. “The first is the county lift station down by Wildwood Meadows, which needs some serious upgrades. The lift station is several years old, and received some updates in 2003 but it was an existing lift station before that.”

Though the lift station is technically the property of Mason County, Williams said Scottville accounts for about 53 percent of water flow through the station.

“We need to pay our share,” she said, noting that the cost was expected to be $383,000.

“The recommended water rate increase is 4.5 percent. It accounts for Ludington’s 3 percent, plus our inflation,” Williams said. “The recommended sewer increase is 10 percent.”

Mayor Bruce Krieger pointed out that Ludington’s residential water and sewer rates are also on the rise as the city prepares to make improvements to its Waste Water Treatment Pant.

“That’s part of (the reason for the increase),” Krieger said.

Another reason for the increase is that several catch basins in the city need to be separated from the sanitary system, according to Williams.

“We have catch basins that are tied into the sanitary system… and what that means is that we’re sending rainwater and stormwater to Ludington to be treated, and we’re paying for that,” Williams said. “It’s not going to be cheap. We need to start saving money because it’s a new debt.”

A recommendation to approve the increase was made by Rob Alway, supported by Marcy Spencer and approved unanimously.

Read the full story in Tuesday’s print and e-Edition of Ludington Daily News.