She told of starting to read meters on every property and the first month requiring a full time employee, then three days a week at $4,500 and payroll taxes.
She gave four options, compared to the current $32.44/month for 409 total connections or billing units. First option was 135% increase for water totaling $76.23/month. “The cost of service gives pause,” Mary stated and talked of services being hit hard. The school now pays $465/month which would increase to $1,092/month and the hospital now pays $685 which would increase to $1,610/mo.
Option 2 would be equivalent dwelling units based on 20-gallon minimum flow and mostly 3/4” meters, for $58.13/month. The school would pay $1,744 and hospital, $2,325/mo.
Option 3 would be $59/month with the school cost $850/mo. and the hospital, $1,254/mo.
A fourth option was based on equivalent dwelling units for $48/month, called the “most liveable rate” at a $16 month rate increase yet would cost the school $1,440 and the hospital, $1,920/month and Mary suggested the Council look at how it would deal with the medical center and the school. The Council needs to follow Prop. 218, and decide which scenario, send written notices, advertise and post a public hearing and provide opportunities for dispute.
The purchase of fund accounting software was discussed with Mary calling it “not cheap.” She told of Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation’s director having a “soft spot” for Loyalton and very generously do- nating $5,000 toward such software. Mary
recommended Denali Fund Ascent which will
satisfy the City’s needs. Joy made a motion of intent and to accept the funding, pending review by auditor
Larry Bain. It was approved unanimously.
It was approved to notice the County Clerk of elective offices to be filled and the transmittal of maps and boundaries for the City of Loyalton and to request consolidation of the election for the City.
City elective offices for the November election are Mayor Marin’s 4-year term, one vacancy of a 2-year term and one of a 4-year term and Council member Joy Markum’s 2-year term.
The 2-year City Clerk position is also up for election.
No election will be held if there is an insufficient number of nominees. The council would decide to appoint or proceed with the election.