Mt. Jewett sewer budget shows no hike in rate

MT. JEWETT – The Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority voted 5-0 Tuesday evening to adopt a 2012 budget that retains the same sewer rates.Chairman Patrick McGuire joined with authority members Mike Wennerstrom, Larry Ross, Scott Hungiville and Brett Morgan to approve the budget that carries for $139,738 in expenditures. Ron McElroy, the sixth member of the board, did not attend the meeting.Most of the residential sewer customers in Mt. Jewett will continue to pay $50 per quarter or $200 per year for sewer service. This rate-- which figures to be $16.67 per month-- covers the first 4,000 gallons of water usage.Barb Harp, secretary-treasurer for the authority, said "most residential" customers pay this basic rate for sewage. The quarterly rate rises by $3 for every additional 1,000 gallons of water usage. There are 452 customers served by the Mt. Jewett sewage system.The budget carries modest pay raises. Harp's pay will rise from $13.38 per hour to $14 per hour. Rod Peterson, the sewage treatment operator, will see a pay increase of 70 cents per hour from $20 to $20.70 per hour. Kevin Causer's pay will rise from $13.38  to $13.85 per hour. These three employees also work for the borough, which pays for its share of their time spent on borough business.The pay for part-time summer workers remains at $9 per hour.The budget is available for public inspection at the borough office along Center Street.Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 edition of The Kane Republican for more.Next meeting:Mt. Jewett RegionalSewer AuthorityWhen:  Tuesday, Jan. 10Time:  7 p.m.Where: Mt. Jewett Borough Building, Center Street