Westminster OKs $12 million budget

May 10, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Westminster City Council last night unanimously adopted a $12 million total budget that boosted the city's contribution to the local volunteer fire company. The budget is based on a property tax rate of 83 cents per $100 of assessed value.

The council also chose a city-owned site off Windsor Drive for a new water treatment plant and learned the city probably will need a new source of water before 2000.

Council's decision to raise city support for the fire company from $112,500 to about $116,000 marked the only major change among the $5.7 million general fund, $3.3 million sewer fund and $2.9 million water fund budgets. The budget proposals were submitted to a public hearing May 2.

The planned water treatment plant at the site of an existing city well will increase Westminster's water treatment capacity by more than half. It will add capability to treat 1.2 million gallons a day to current capacity, about 2 million gallons a day.

The city will spend an estimated $2.8 million for the new treatment plant. Public Works Director Thomas B. Beyard said the Windsor Drive site is least expensive of three options because it eliminates the need for a pumping station, a $250,000 savings. The other two options were the Medford quarry off Route 31 and the sewage treatment plant, also off Route 31.

Mr. Beyard reported that the city will need to look for an additional water source before the end of this century, based on projections that demand will increase by 5 percent a year.

The increased demand plus a conservative estimate that the city will continue to lose one in every four gallons of water it pumps mean that water demand will exceed supply before 2000, Mr. Beyard said.

The council also acted at last night's meeting to:

* Approve $250,000 in heating and cooling system renovations and access for the disabled to the basement of the Longwell Municipal Center, which is eventually to become a family recreation center.

* Approved a 4 percent increase in quarterly sewer service charges.

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