Perrysburg passes local laws, swears in officials

By SAMANTHA MCDONNELL

OBSERVER Staff Writer

PERRYSBURG – The town of Perrysburg kicked off 2013 by approving three local laws and swearing in two newly elected officials.

Town Justice Lori Dankert swore in Tammy Utley as town clerk and Mary Stuhr as councilperson. Both women were elected in the November general elections. Dankert, also newly elected in November, was also sworn in.

Prior to the regular meeting, the town board held three public hearings for local laws. The first public hearing was in regards to the sewer use law. This law states what can and cannot be put into the sewer system and what is proper use of the system.

The second public hearing was for the sewer rent law establishing a fee schedule for sewage use. This law, which is similar to the water use law, will raise the minimum amount for billing from $15 to $60. Under the new law, the minimum sewage use rate will be $60 for up to 5,000 gallons used. In excess of 5,000 gallons, $6 per 1,000 gallons will be charged in addition to the $60. Water Superintendent Robin Clark said users who use more than 5,000 gallons per month should see a minimal increase in their quarterly billing.

“Anyone over 5,000 gallons will increase their quarterly billing about $15,” he said.

Quarterly bills will go out in January, April, July and October. Amounts of the quarterly bills mailed in April will reflect the changes of the new law. The town board passed unanimously both the sewer use and rent laws.

The final public hearing was in regard the fire prevention law. According to Code Enforcement Officer James Pacanowski, New York state requires municipalities this law to be in accordance with state policies. The law will establish procedures and protocols that Pacanowski will have the authority to enforce the universal fire code. The town board approved the law unanimously.

In other business, Jake Alianello of Alianello Engineering presented an update on the water treatment plant. The advertisement for bids was placed on Jan. 7 and will be opened on Feb. 7.

“We’ve had quite a bit of interest,” Alianello said. “A lot of contractors have picked up site plans.”

He also gave an update on the Edwards Corners wells. Alianello said Ehmke Well Drillers are on site with their equipment. The project should be wrapped up shortly, Alianello said.

“They should wrap up rather quickly. There’s not a lot of work out there,” he said.

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