(Lander, Wyo.) – During tonight’s Lander City Council work session, the governing body will continue to review and consider an overhaul of the city’s water and sewer rate system.
Changes to the service provision have been a topic of discussion since early September when a hired consultant recommended dropping the monthly water usage allowance 2,000 gallons from 10,000 and adjusting rates to truly cover the cost of service. (Read about the consultant’s recommendations here, and previous council debate in this story.)
In a draft resolution that the council will debate tonight, residential customers were pay $29.48 a month for water plus $3.12 for every 1,000 gallons above the 2,000 gallon allowance. The minimum sewer charge for residential users is suggested to be $12.17, with individual cost to be based on historic water usage in January through March.
Clerk Robin Griffin said in an interview that the majority of the rate changes are based on the recommendations from the study.
Other fees and charges are also being adjusted. For example, any customer whose payment delinquency requires the service to be shut off will be assessed a $100 fine. People needing to disconnect for the winter or for construction will be charged $40, and another $40 will be assessed to reconnect. Griffin said the increases in charges are to cover city employee costs.
The council will debate the finer points of the changes tonight, but no final decisions will be made. Formal votes cannot be cast during work sessions.
Griffin said a public hearing will be held on the proposed changes on Nov. 5, along with a hearing about additional wastewater system improvement projects.