Milano Water Corp. to raise rate for first time in 8 years

Three new directors to be selected at March 15 meeting
By MARIE BAKKEN
Reporter Staff Writer


William L. Moore (center) received an appreciation plaque last month for his 26 years of service on the board of directors at the Milano Water Supply Corporation from manager Karl Westbrook and board president Eldon Ball. William L. Moore (center) received an appreciation plaque last month for his 26 years of service on the board of directors at the Milano Water Supply Corporation from manager Karl Westbrook and board president Eldon Ball. MILANO–Customers of the Milano Water Supply Corporation (WSC) will see an increase in rates on their April 2011 statements, the first of such in eight years.

“The increase in revenue will allow us to comply with Texas Commission on Environmental Qualit y’s mandates to have sufficient reserves of water for the number of meters served,” board president Eldon Ball told customers in a letter sent out recently. “We are in the process of adding seven booster pumps at three plants with 50,000 gallon storage tanks added at two wells. Painting and other maintenance is necessary on some existing storage tanks also. A new well and storage with cooling tower will be added at plant number 5.”

The “new” minimum rate will be $22 per month. Usage of up to 3,000 gallons will be $1 for every 1,000 gallons used. Between 3,000 and 15,000 will have a charge of $2.75 per 1,000 gallons. Water usage of between 15,000 and 30,000 gallons will bring a charge of $3 per 1,000 gallons. A charge of $3.50 per 1,000 gallons will be issued for usage over 30,000 gallons during the billing period.

Hopes are also that increased rates for higher usage w ill encourage essential water conser vation and the sufficient water reserves will increase water pressure in areas that experience low pressure.

At their Dec. 14 regular scheduled meeting, the Milano WSC board of directors voted for an rate increase to take effect with the customers’ April 2011 billing statements. It is the corporation’s first rate increase since April 2003.

NEW DIRECTORS– Customers will also select three new directors for the water board after a 26-year veteran members and two other directors have given up their seats.

Long time director William L. Moore of Griffin Chapel resigned from his position on the board in February after nearly three decades of service.

Board members Peggy Pratt of Milano and Don Cook of Chriesman have also decided not to serve again.

Ballots and proxy forms were mailed out to members earlier this year. For voting assistance or a replacement ballot, please all the Milano WSC office at 512-455-2692, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Mailed ballots must be received by March 10 in order to be counted, Ball said.

The four persons running for the three open director positions include Virgil Hurt, Philip Kretzschmar, Arthur Kelley and William Jones.

ANNUAL MEETING–The newly selected directors will be announced at the WSC’s annual membership meeting to be held Tuesday, March 15. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Milano Civic Center, 120 W. Avenue E.

The corporation received a $113,400 grant from the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District that was used to upgrade water meters throughout the service area.

“Our manager and two field workers have replaced t wo - thirds of the old meters with new meters that have modern features and will soon have all 1,187 meters changed out,” Ball said. “This will allow us to read all meters with a drive-by computer and eliminate the need for some members to send in meter readings.”

The corporation has also bought a new lawn mower for $1,800 and hired an additional part-time employee over the last year.

Milano Water Supply Corporation Water Rates
Effective April 1, 2011
Minimum rate $22 Rate per 1,000 gallons
Up to 3,000 gallons $1.00
3,001 to 15,000 gallons $2.75
15,001 to 30,000 gallons $3.00
Over 30,000 gallons $3.50


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