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Planning Commission to hold public hearing for Wastewater Facility Master Plan update

Molalla City Council members passed four resolutions at its Nov. 28 meeting and reminded the public of a planning commission open hearing for the Wastewater Facility & Collection System Master Plan update.

The staff report regarding the master plan is now available on the meeting's website for public inspection at no cost. Copies from City Hall are provided at a reasonable cost if requested.

The current plan is 17 years old, and the Public Works project will bring it up to date the facility and infrastructure master plan. The new plan will deliver adequate sanitary sewer collection, treatment and effluent discharge for a 20-year planning period.

The meeting continues an earlier meeting from Aug. 15, 2018.

Among the resolutions, the first concerned the Public Works administration fee scheduled. The only change was due to the large format or plotter printer increase. It passed unopposed.

The other three dealt with the water, sanitary sewer and stormwater inflation schedule. Public Works Director Gerald Fisher noted that these rates are studied every year and cast in November for study from January to February to ensure there won't be a huge increase when the next fiscal year starts.

"In July 2019 the water increase is forecast to be 2.86 percent including the base fee and use. For sanitary sewers a 6.9 percent increase is projected and stormwater increase is proposed to be 3.5 percent," said Fisher.

"We're trying to reduce the costs of waste water by doing work this year to save money later on," Fisher said. "Had we waited to do the work, the rates would be much higher [and likely we would have had to take out a loan]. It pays us to do the work now saving money on costs versus paying off loans with interest."

All three resolutions passed; the water and stormwater rates unopposed and the sanitary sewer with only one opposing.

When it came time to discuss future topics, Thompson noted that council members should feel free to discuss new topics. "Our council is not Jimmy Thompson's council, it's all of us, please feel free to bring up topics," he said to council members.

The next meeting will be Dec.12, and plans are to be full of discussion topics, a long meeting.

Carol Rosen
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