Sewer, water rates to increase in August
Members of Goreville’s Village Board recently met for a series of committee meetings to determine new sewer and water rates as the town continues to struggle to balance the cost of service.
On Monday, at the Village’s regularly monthly board meeting, the trustees scheduled one more committee meeting to finalize a cost increase estimated to average $12 for sewer rates depending on a customer’s usage. The final rate increase will include an increase to the base rate, and an increase to the rate based on use.
“We have to do this,” Mayor Larry Vaughn said of the increase. Vaughn said it has been nearly 30 years or more since the rates for sewer have seen an increase all the while the cost of operating the sewer infrastructure has risen and is in “serious” need of repair. “What we are going to need to do is propose a full water and sewer construction project and earmark TIFF money to see it through,” Vaughn said at the meeting.
Grant funding would be applied for and Goreville is in a good position to receive it. Goreville’s sewer ponds are already near capacity and its lift stations have struggled for the past few years under their nearly 30-to-40 years of use.
Water meters throughout Goreville are in need of an upgrade as well as Goreville’s water mains, said Mike Green, Goreville sewer superintendent. While the sewer rate is expected to see an immediate increase following the board’s next meeting in August, an increase to water rates will follow in the following months.
On the positive side, material waste, such as baby and cleaning wipes, has been “drastically” reduced since the Gazette’s article on it a few months ago.