From the Mayor's Desk - February 2014

It’s been an unusual winter thus far with less precipitation than normal, temperatures alternating between warmer than expected down into the teens and 20s and, of course, our fair share of wind. A big benefit of this crazy weather has been the lack of snow in town. This has resulted in safer driving around our community and precluded the need for our Pubic Works crew to plow snow, thus far at least. Of course, we all know weather conditions can change pretty quickly around here and there’s still plenty of winter left so we may not have seen the worst yet.

Another topic we’re taking a close look at is our utility rate structure. Our water and sewer funds are not paying their own way, a requirement under state law, RCW 35.92.010, which states in part, “No rate shall be charged that is less than the cost of the water and service to the class of customers served.”

While our rate adjustments over the past several years have improved the situation considerably, we still find both our water and sewer funds failing to meet the costs of operating our public utility systems. As a resident and ratepayer myself I understand the frustration of contemplating another rate increase but we also have to face the reality of maintaining the aging infrastructure that provides us with clean water for our daily use as well as the wastewater system that transports and treats the used water and everything it carries with it.  

We will be holding a Public Hearing at our Tuesday, February 25th City Council meeting to discuss this issue and I invite any and all interested residents to attend. We will be sharing as much information regarding our current situation as possible and your input will be welcomed. If you can’t join us you will be able to listen to the audio by clicking the audio link on the City Council Meetings page once the audio is posted. We try to get the audio files up within a week of the actual meetings and are usually successful in doing so.

If you have questions or comments about this or anything else regarding our city you can reach me at 427-8182 or via don [at] northbonneville.net (subject: A%20message%20from%20North%20Bonneville%20website) (email).