-- The City of Pelham will discuss the effect of over the nextfive years to determine how the municipality should respond with its price tocustomers.
Council President Rick Hayes on Monday night said thecity water board will schedule a meeting on the matter. "We buy roughly 35 percentof our water from Shelby County today. There is going to be an issue for the budget,"Hayes said.
The City of Pelham is expecting a ,000 to ,000increase over the fiscal year in its water costs due to Shelby County's ratehike, Eddy Jowers, the municipality's director of public works, said in aninterview last month.
Considering the city's costs for maintenance and other relatedexpenses with providing water to residences, "We will, with the new rate increase,be selling water at a significant loss," Hayes said.
Pelham is not the only community that acquires water fromShelby County. The City of Alabaster and the Sterrett-Vandiver Water System purchasewater from Shelby County, and .
"When the Alabaster Water Board was notified by ShelbyCounty of an anticipated wholesale water rate increase last August, the boardretained a qualified rate consultant to evaluate the adequacy of the board'scurrent rates. This study will be completed later this year," Alabaster WaterBoard Manager Laura A. Koon said in an e-mail last month.
The Sterrett-Vandiver Water System will hold its annualmeeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the American Legion in Sterrett to discuss thematter.
Shelby County commissioners in February approved the ratehike that affects residential users who purchase their water directly from theutility. The rate increase also affects wholesale customers that include thecities of Pelham and Alabaster, as well as Sterrett-Vandiver.
The three entities buy water from Shelby County and sellit to their customers, mainly homes and businesses in their regions.
For those wholesale customers, their current rate of .80for each 1,000 gallons increases this month to for the same amount. The ratewill increase annually until it reaches .93 per 1,000 gallons in April 2018.
"It's time for us to take a look at where we stand,"Hayes said about the city's costs and the rate increase.
The City of Pelham purchased almost 395.4 million gallonsof water from Shelby County during 2013 at a cost of more than .1 million,according to figures provided by Shelby County.
In deeply personal responses, dozens of former inmates, family members of current inmates and volunteers with prison ministries have given detailed accounts of how their experiences with the facility continue to affect their lives.
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