Mark Jesse, of GAI Consultants, explains to Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council the history behind the cityâ€™s storm water rates. See Page A2 for the complete article. Post & Mail photo / Brett Myers
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council had a history lesson at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
Mark Jesse of GAI Consultants reviewed with the council how storm water fees were set for the city.
Back in 2006, the council worked to set the fee, which includes a residential rate of $9.15 per household, and a variable price for non-residents. Today, there are no Common Council members who remain in office from that time, and the city has since elected a new mayor.
â€ś(Councilman) Dan Weigold has asked to have a replay of history,â€ť Mayor Ryan Daniel said. â€śHe and others have asked about this. Since the council ultimately sets rates, having this information (on how rates were set) is crucial.â€ť
In 2006, it was determined that billing would take place based on the amount of impervious surface per property. GIS software was then used to examine 50 properties in the city.
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