Township board votes to accept water supply rate increase

The Swedish Biogas facility will be built here at the Flint Wastewater Treatment plant on Linden Road in Flint Township.

The Swedish Biogas facility will be built here at the Flint Wastewater Treatment plant on Linden Road in Flint Township.

– The Flint Township Board of Trustees voted 5-2 in favor of the water supply rate increase from the Genesee County Drain Commissioner’s Office, with Trustees Belenda Parker and Barb Vert dissenting. The new rate reflects an increase of $1.53 per 1,000 cubic feet of water used.

John O’Brien, director of water and waste services, said that every July, the City of Detroit rais- es its water rates. Genesee County buys its water from the City of Flint, and the City of Flint buys its water from Detroit.

“We have an agreement with all the municipalities to take the rate increase and pass it along,” he said. “The rate increase covers the City of Detroit rate increase fro the county.” O’Brien said that the 1,000- cubic-feet of water is the average monthly usage for a home in Genesee County, and most residential customer are billed quarterly by their respective municipalities for water.

Supervisor Karyn Miller said the water supply rate increase was strictly a pass through, and reflected a study by the Drain Commission. “Whether we vote on it or not, we’re being charged,” she said.

Those who have a well on their property would not be affected by the rate increase, and only water bills would be increased. MIller also said that individuals who are concerned about the water supply rate increase can request a meter to be placed on their well and in most instances, residents have seen their bills go down.

“Well users get a flat rate and the rate is based on the average use of 1,200-cubicfeet. Most people don’t use that much water,” she said. “People who put a meter on their well for the flat rate have seen the bill go down, but the meter is permanent. Once it’s put on, it can not be taken off.”

In other news:

Board voted 4-3, with Treasurer Sandra Wright and Trustees George Menoutes and Vert dissenting, to allow Sheri L. Kirkland to solicit door-to-door for Citizens Statewide Security, LLC.

The board unanimously voted in favor of authorizing Miller to send a letter to AT&T that the township would like the its PEG Programming carried on the AT&T system.

The board voted 6-1, with Wright dissenting, in approval of the transfer of ownership of on-premises licensed business Bar Louie. “It’s an ownership change through paperwork,” said Clerk Kim Courts.

Board unanimously approved the annual request from the Flint Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) to conduct Bikes on the Bricks.

The board voted 6-1, with Vert dissenting, to approve the request from New Beginnings Ministries, G-5227 Beecher Rd., to conduct a special event, outdoor church service 5-9:30 p.m. Aug. 18-20 and 11 a.m. Aug. 22.

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