Council sets water, sewer and waste rates for 2012

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Council voted unanimously to second and third reading of the 2012 waste management, sewer and water bylaws. The now passed bylaws the average household paid $49.47 for water and $35.03 for sewer for a total of $84.50 per month in 2011. It is anticipated those rates will be $50.51 for water and $35.34 for sewer for a total of $85.85 per month, an increase of 1.59 per cent or .44 per month for the average household.

Morinville operates on a full cost recovery model for its water and sewer, something the municipality implemented in 2005 after review of its process. If passed the new sewer rates will generate a sewer surplus of $586,918 and a water surplus of $758,864 for 2012, monies to be used for future water and sewer needs as they arise.

Slight increase in waste and recycling

Morinville residents will also see an increase in their waste management fees for 2012. Residential pickup will increase by .44 per month, a 2.82 per cent increase over 2011. Condominium residents will face a .34 cent increase per month, a 2.84 per cent increase over 2012. The increase is largely based on an increase at the Roseridge Landfill. The landfill has increased the tipping fee to $32 per tonne. Public works estimate some 2,000 tonnes will be deposited there in 2012.
Yard waste pickup schedules will remain the same as 2011; however, residents can request a second yard waste bin at a rate of $3.72 per month.

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