Union Bridge mayor says fees need to increase

March 29, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

Union Bridge Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. urged the Town Council last night to raise sewer and water connection fees soon or the town will lose money.

"There are a lot of municipalities charging something like $2,500 for each one [water or sewer connection]," Mayor Jones told the council. "I think we ought to get on the bandwagon before we end up in the red."

The town charges residents $1,000 to hook up to its sewer system, and the same amount to connect to the water supply, Mr. Jones said.

He said officials have discussed raising the fees, but have not taken any action.

"Pretty soon, if a developer wants to have 400 sewer and water hook-ups, we're going to have to sell [them] to him [for $2,000 per home] because we haven't raised this fee yet," Mr. Jones said.

The council took no action on the fee suggestion.

Also, to keep operating costs down, the council decided to cancel this year's Spring Clean Up days.

"With us trying to keep the budget down, that's $1,000 we can save," Mr. Jones said.

As a substitute, the council voted to have residents take advantage of the "free days" offered by the county at the landfill on April 16 and 23.

In past years, the town has scheduled two days when residents could take bulk trash items to the town parking lot for pickup.

The town provided large bins for refuse and transported the trash to the county landfill.

The council eliminated the fall cleanup day in October because of its cost.

Last night, the spring day followed the same path.

"I think everyone saw a way to get to the landfill," said Mr. Jones of how residents fared last fall.

Mayor Jones also announced that Roxanne Selby has been appointed to replace Mike Caricofe on the town's park board.

Replacements for Peg Six, who has served on the park board since 1967, and Vivian Nusbaum have not been selected, the mayor said.

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