With the possibility of neighboring Batesville’s water rates rising 60 percent over the next three years, Oldenburg resident Doug Eckstein asked town council members Nov. 4 if there was a long-term plan in place to prevent Oldenburg’s water rates from rising significantly.
President Dave Wahman said, “The way it has been for years is whenever they raise their rates, we raise ours.”
Eckstein noted, “Sixty percent is a big chunk of change,” and he wondered if there was a possibility of tapping into other water resources where rates wouldn’t be as expensive.
Member Greg Struewing pointed out, “I don’t know the answer, but I can do some research .... This may be something we’ll get into at the utility board meeting,” which meets the third Tuesdays at the town hall at 8 p.m., the next one being Nov. 19.
Eckstein added, “I just want to raise awareness. I don’t know if that many people in Oldenburg know” rates may be rising, “and I don’t know what would benefit us the most.”
Struewing noted, “The best thing is to get the utility board together and talk about it and get a (long-term) plan together.”
In other news, town Marshal Scott Barnhorst presented a letter indicating his intent to retire in May 2014. Members thanked him for his service over the past 24 years.
They also welcomed new town attorney Amy Streator, who was in attendance.
Even though she won’t begin her duties until the first of the year, Struewing said, “We thought it would be a good idea for you to show up here and see what it’s like.”
The lawyer revealed, “I appreciate the opportunity and I am looking forward to it.”
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