Bronson holds on water and sewer ordinances

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Bronson officials say they still don't have enough information to make a decision on proposed fees regarding water and sewer connections for new applicants.

After discussions over proposed ordinances and resolutions on fees at the Aug. 6 meeting, town council members voted 4-1 in favor of tabling them until more information could be looked at.

Council Member Berlon Weeks made the first objection to passing the new fees, adding that he knew they had already been tentatively approved.

"I really want you guys to think about the capacity fees," he said, explaining that they would be the same for a large corporation that decided it wanted to set up shop within town limits.

Weeks said he didn't understand why capacity fees had been made available by consultants while fees for water and sewer rates had not.

Town Clerk Kelli Brettel said the rate study had just been provided to her by the town's consultant a few hours prior to the night's meeting.

Weeks, along with other council members, said he didn't think it fair to Bronson residents to make a decision without comparing capacity fees and suggested water and sewer rates. 

Council Member Aaron Edmondson, who made the motion weeks ago to draft the ordinances presented Monday night, was the dissenting vote.

Edmondson's suggestion, approved in earlier meetings, though not yet officially adopted, calls for both water and wastewater capacity fees, which go toward future repairs and construction to the towns water and sewer systems, to be based on water meter size. The smallest meter—5/8 to 3/4 inches—would incur $1,286 for new users. Similarly, wastewater capacity fees would also be based on meter size, with the smallest costing about $3,500.

Edmondson's plan also included a resolution allowing new applicants for wastewater who are currently within town limits to payment options: 1.) 50 percent discount if fee paid within 90 days, 2.) Full price spread out over 48 months with no interest.

• The council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday night to officially create a Bronson parks and recreation department.

The motion to approve the resolution also included the hiring of, and advertising for, a full-time director to oversee the department.

Council members said the position was most likely only part time and that the new director would have to cross train to help out in other departments to make up the remaining hours.

The council will make the final selection regarding the director's position, whose salary will be based on experience and qualifications.

• A recreation center seems to be underway, according to the unanimous vote by council members in favor of allowing Brettel to solicit engineering specifications for site plans.

Council members said they would like plans for both a metal and concrete block building.