Manchester OKs new utility rates

November 24, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

The Manchester water torture is over.

After months of discussion, the Manchester Town Council approved new water and sewer rates last night by a 4-0 vote.

Within the town limits, Manchester water users will pay a quarterly charge of $9.60, plus $1.74 per 1,000 gallons of water used.

For sewer service, residents within the town limits will pay a quarterly charge of $12, plus $5.25 per 1,000 gallons of water used.

The council also adopted the recommendation of the disbanded ad hoc committee on water and sewers to eliminate the old block rate structure and its 5,000-gallon minimum per quarter.

However, the new water rates are less than the $1.87-per-1,000-gallon rate that had been proposed at an earlier meeting.

The council also decided to have the per-gallon rates apply to commercial users as well as to residences.

Outside the town limits, water and sewer service costs double the in-town rates.

Also last night, the council failed again to elect a member to fill its vacant seat -- even though Manchester Mayor Earl A. J. "Tim" Warehime Jr. promised the council members to cancel the scheduled Dec. 27 meeting if the members could agree on a candidate.

The vacancy was left by the ouster of Councilman John A. Riley on Oct. 12.

The council, which at earlier meetings had voted six times on candidates without success, attempted three more ballots last night.

In a move reminiscent of ballots at the earlier council meetings, Elwin Wagner was nominated again. Councilman Douglas Myers and Councilwoman Kathryn Riley voted for him.

Councilman Robert Kolodziejski and Councilwoman Charlotte Collett voted against him.

Mrs. Riley then nominated former council member Clyde Kreitzer again. And, again, she and Mr. Myers voted for Mr. Kreitzer, and Mr. Kolodziejski and Mrs. Collett voted against him.

Later, Mrs. Collett again nominated Ray Unger. Mr. Kolodziejski seconded the motion. In the vote, Mr. Myers and Mrs. Riley voted against him.

Mr. Kolodziejski, explaining his position, said that weeks ago he believed that he had come to an agreement with other council members on how to fill the seat. But he said he had been let down.

"I don't like to be lied to," he said, not specifically mentioning who allegedly had lied to him.

He said he then rescinded the resignation he had tendered to the mayor.

A workshop on personnel issues that was to have followed last night's meeting was postponed.

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