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Eckville Town Council passes amended utility rate bylaw

The amended bylaw received all three readings from Town Council on Nov. 25

Eckville Town Council amended the Utility Rate and Fee Structure Bylaw at the regular meeting on Nov. 25.

The amended bylaw results in water, sewer, and garbage and recycling being billed monthly for both residential and non-residential properties.

The new rates will start in the new year and the first of the monthly bills will be sent out at the end of January 2020.

All three readings were given by council passing the amended bylaw.

Water rates under the new bylaw for residential units have a monthly base rate of $18.25 up to 10 cubic metres.

Additionally, the monthly consumption rate from 10 to 20 cubic metres is 39 cents per cubic metre, and 46 cents per cubic meter over 20 cubic metres of consumption.

For non-residential units the first 10 cubic metres is $21.90 per month, with a monthly consumption rate of 39 cents per cubic metre for 10 to 20 cubic metres and 46 cents over 20 cubic metres.

Sewer monthly base rates for both residential and non-residential are $25.50 per unit.

The new rate and structure bylaw includes weekly garbage pick up and by-weekly recycling pick up.

Residential units, including single dwelling, duplexes, multi-family dwellings and manufactured home parks are $23 per month for each unit.

Office units will also see a $23 per month per unit fee.

Non-residential four yard, six yard and eight yard bins will be picked up weekly and cost will vary by size.

A four yard bin will cost $94 a month per bin, a six yard bin will cost $104 a month per bin and an eight yard bin will cost $115 a month per bin.

At the meeting on Nov. 25 council also voted to cover utility bills for community groups such as the Friendship Centre, curling club and Eckville Arena.

As of Jan. 1, 2020 the bills will be sent to the organizations on an information only basis as a way to track utility costs in each facility.

According to the management report present by CAO Jack Ramsden on Nov. 25 the solar power generation project for solar panels on the arena has received funding.

Administration will be meeting with Enmax soon to carry on with the project.

He also reported the installation of solar powered crossing lights on both sides of 54th Ave. at Westview Trail. Benches and garbage receptacles for the two rest stops have been delivered, but will not be installed until the spring.

The next regular scheduled meeting of council is Dec. 9 the Town Council Chambers.

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