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Water rate hike in proposed Montgomery budget : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Water rate hike in proposed Montgomery budget
Village president: 4% increase necessary to maintain water system

by John Etheredge


Residents of Montgomery and the unincorporated Boulder Hill Subdivision will likely pay more for water beginning later this year.

The village's proposed 2015-16 fiscal year budget calls for a four percent increase in water rates.

Currently village residents pay for water at a rate of $4.90 per 1,000 gallons used, while the village's Boulder Hill customers pay for water at a rate of $6.03.

Under the new budget, the rates for village residents will increase to $5.10 per 1,000 gallons used and the rate for Boulder Hill residents will increase to $6.12 per 1,000 gallons used.

The new rates will be reflected on village utility bills mailed to customers in August.

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at village hall. The board is expected to adopt the budget on Monday, April 28. The new fiscal year will begin May 1.

Justin VanVooren, the village's director of finance, said a second four percent increase is planned for the 2016-17 fiscal year, followed by three percent annual rate increases in subsequent years.

Village President Matt Brolley said the increases are necessary to provide revenues for the village to maintain its water system.

Board member Denny Lee said he would like village residents to know that even with the proposed increases the village's rates will remain among the lowest in the area.

"The last time we put this information out we were like the eighth or ninth lowest of 10 surrounding communities," Lee said.

VanVooren noted that village staff recently completed a study comparing water, sanitary and storm sewer bills in the village, Sugar Grove, Aurora, Yorkville, North Aurora and Oswego.

The study shows the bills the village sends to its in-town customers are the second lowest out of the six communities. Only North Aurora's bills are lower than the village's, according to the study.

In addition, VanVooren said the study found the bills sent to the village's Boulder Hill customers are significantly lower than the bills received by unincorporated water customers of Aurora and Sugar Grove.

Award contract for
basin management

In other business Monday evening, board members voted unanimously to award a contract totaling $289,649 to Pizzo and Associates, Ltd., of Leland for naturalized landscape maintenance services for stormwater basins in the following subdivisions: Arbor Ridge, Blackberry Crossing, Balmorea, Fieldstone Place, Foxmoor, Fairfield Way, Saratoga Springs, Montgomery Crossing, Orchard Prairie and Marquis Pointe.

Included in the contract are stormwater basins located in front of the village's police station at U.S. Route 30 and Griffin Drive, and along Orchard Road and Cornell Avenue.

The firm has provided the service for the village since 2007.

Pizzo submitted the second lowest of four bids for the contract received by the village. Encap of Sycamore submitted a low bid of $281,792.

To pay for the contract, the village will use revenues from a special service area tax levied on homeowners in the subdivisions.

In a memo to the board, Mike Pubentz, the village's director of public works, recommended the board award the contract to Pizzo, despite the firm's higher bid.

Pubentz explained, "In my opinion, the 2.8 percent difference in bid pricing is negligible when compared to the total award amount...I feel that Pizzo has included a greater quantity of work in their proposal which accounts for some, if not all, of the cost difference."

He added, "Pizzo has demonstrated their ability to perform this work for the village, which has been recognized through several industry awards and confirmed by our independent quality assessment contractor last year."

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