Public hearings on Oct. 7 for sewer fees and flood ordinance

By TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER

STAFF WRITER

Two public hearings were scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7, during last week’s meeting of the town council. The Oct. 7 hearings will cover topics such as the sewer user fees related to the phosphorus removal project, and proposed amendments to the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance.

Both public hearings will begin at 7 p.m., and will be held in the Council Chambers of the Plainville Municipal Center, 1 Central Sq., Plainville.

Flood Damage Prevention

Flood Damage Prevention, chapter 225 in the Plainville Code of Ordinances, was adopted by the Town Council in 1993 and subsequently amended in 2008.

“Town staff is recommending that various sections of the existing ordinance be amended in order to comply with the current Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and their requirements,” said town manager Robert Lee. “The amended sections being proposed are in sections 225-17, 225-18, 225-19, 225-20, 225-21B, 225-23, 225-24A, 225-25A, 225-26, and 225-27 respectively.”

Sewer User Fees

A public hearing was scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7, regarding the increased rate of sewer user fees.

Lee explained that a study was performed several years ago to address the cost impact of the phosphorus removal project taking place at the Water Pollution Control facility. Tighe & Bond, who performed the study, recommended “the user charge increase at a steady rate of 4.8% a year for approximately 10 years,” and “that the town plan to keep an unassigned fund balance equal to three months operating expenses in the sewer user fund to protect against any unanticipated emergency expenses that could occur.”

Last year, after reviewing the unassigned fund balance, the town council was able to lower the recommended increase rate.

Town staff is now recommending a 2% increase in sewer user fees, and staff “is projecting a 2% increase for the following 5 years, as well, in order to maintain three months of operating expenses in the unassigned fund balance.”

Census Committee

At the Sept. 16 meeting, the council established a complete count committee, the members of which will work to promote and encourage Plainville residents to respond to the 2020 Census.

Currently, the Complete Count Committee includes Katherine Pugliese, Rosemary Morante, Nicole Palmieri, Shawn Cohen, Trish Tomlinson, Susie Woerz, Rebecca Martinez, and Jen Farina. The committee is looking for representatives of Plainville Early Learning Center, the clergy, and the Plainville Chamber of Commerce.

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