Notice is hereby given that the Town Council of the Town of Mentone, Indiana will hold a public hearing concerning the adoption of a proposed ordinance whereby certain current service rates, fees, and charges of the waterworks will be increased. All interested persons may be heard concerning such items.
Notice is further given that the hearing will be held on December 6, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mentone Town Hall, Meeting Room located at 201 West Main Street, Mentone, IN 46539. After such hearing, which may be adjourned from time to time, the Town Council, after considering all testimony, may take final action on the ordinance or defer final action until a subsequent meeting.
A copy of the ordinance as introduced may be examined at the office of the Clerk- Treasurer. A copy of the proposed rates and charges follows:
ORDINANCE NO. 23-477
ORDINANCE AMENDING AND RESTATING ESTABLISHMENT OF RATES AND CHARGES FOR THE WATER UTILITY, AS AMENDED
An Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 23-474 Establishing Rates and Charges for the use of and the service rendered by the water utility of the Town and other matters connected therewith.
WHEREAS, The Town of Mentone, Indiana (hereinafter “Town”) by its Town Council previously adopted and approved Ordinance 23-474 (passed and adopted on July 5, 2023) being an Ordinance for the use of and the service rendered by the water utility of the Town and other matters connected therewith; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Mentone owns and operates a municipal waterworks utility and has determined it necessary to amend said Ordinance 23-474.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF MENTONE, STATE OF INDIANA THAT ORDINANCE 23-474 BE AND HEREBY IS, AMENDED AND RESTATED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:
RATES AND CHARGES
Section 1. There shall be and there are hereby established for the use of and the service rendered by the water utility of the town, the following rates and charges, based on the use of water supplied by said waterworks system and to cover the cost of operation, maintenance, replacement, and debt service of said utility.
(A) Metered Rates Per Month Per 1,000 Gallons
First 7,000 gallons $ 8.78
Next 11,000 gallons $ 7.18
Next 18,000 gallons $ 6.13
Next 24,000 gallons $ 5.12
Next 40,000 gallons $ 4.60
Over 100,000 gallons $ 3.58
(B) Minimum Charge.
(1) Each user shall pay a minimum charge in accordance with the following applicable size of meter installed, for which the user will be entitled to the quantity of water set out in the above schedule of rates.
(2) Meter Size Minimum
5/8 in. – 3/4 in. $ 20.50
1 in. $ 26.35
1 1/2 in. $ 35.15
2 in. $ 52.75
3 in. $ 75.85
4 in. $102.35
6 in. $170.55
(C) Fire Protection Service.
(1) Municipal Hydrants -- flat rate – per annum $19,200.00
(2) Private hydrants – per hydrant – per annum $960.00
(3) Private sprinklers.
(a) 4 in.: Per annum $635.50
(b) 6 in.: Per annum $1,144.00
(c) 8 in.: Per annum $1,528.00
(D) Tap Charge. A tap charge shall be collected from each customer, prior to connection to the water system, in an amount equal to the cost of labor and material necessary for tapping the main and installation of service from the main to the curb stop and the cost of furnishing and installing a suitable water meter. The charge shall be the labor and material costs incurred.
(E) Collection and Deferred Payment Charges. All bills shall be due and payable monthly and bills unpaid more than 15 days following the date of billing shall include a collection charge of 10%. An additional service charge of $50 shall be collected for reconnecting service that has been turned off for delinquent payment.
(F) Debt. All users of the Water Utility, including person(s) occupying real estate owned by another person, shall be required to pay a deposit to the Water Utility in the amount of $300.00. This deposit shall be a one-time payment and shall be transferable should the utility user move to a new residence served by the Water Utility. In addition, such deposits shall be applied to any delinquent utilities owing by the utility users, applied to the final utility bill and to the extent available, refunded to the user at the end of its use.
(G) Upon applying for service from the Water Utility, person(s) occupying real estate owned by another person shall provide the Town with the name and contact information of the owner and/or manager of the property.
Section 2. For the purpose of billing and collecting the charges for water use, the meters shall be read monthly, and the users shall be billed monthly.
Section 3. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect on January 1, 2024.
Dated this day of , 2023.
TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN
OF MENTONE, INDIANA
By: Amanda Yaprak, Clerk-Treasurer