Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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December 13, 2013

Water rates will rise in March

Batesville customers soon will be paying more for one of life’s necessities – water.

During the past two Batesville City Council meetings, Batesville Utility Service Board members discussed raising water rates over three years. The mayor asked council members Dec. 9 if they received any feedback, but no one had. Water utility manager Steve Wintz said neither he nor BUSB had heard from citizens about the hikes.

The council approved increases that will amount to 40 percent in 2014 and 10 percent during each of 2015 and 2016. The current $14.99 rate for a typical Batesville household that uses 4,000 gallons monthly will climb to $20.97 the first year, $23.08 the second and $25.40 the third.

Customers will first notice the rate increase on their March 1 bills, said Batesville Water & Gas Utility comptroller Doug Browne.

Bill Weatherston, Batesville Youth Baseball and Softball vice president, requested $14,956 from the Belterra riverboat revenue-sharing fund so that Indiana Wire Products, Greensburg, can install a chain link fence with 100 feet of privacy slats to replace a temporary 4-foot-tall fence around the Melvin Cutter pond to keep people attending games at The Plex from accessing it.

Parks Commissioner Mike Baumer said the 7-foot-tall fence would have twisted tops instead of barbed wire to make it “a little more appealing to look at.” The tops will discourage kids from climbing it. He noted as practice fields are added, a swale and trees requested by the family may be installed.

According to council President Gene Lambert, the Cutters “find this proposal acceptable. We are concerned with the liability as the baseball park expands.” Member Kevin Chaffee questioned, “Are we locked into the 7-foot fence? A 6-foot fence should be sufficient.” Weatherston said the Cutters are compromising. The original design called for an 8- to 10-foot-high fence. The council OK’d the request.

Two other meaty topics stalled as the council sought more information.

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