Due to changes in the Town of Shipshewana’s wastewater billing rates and other factors, Shipshewana West Sewer District rates will be seeing a two-step increase this year.
The LaGrange County Regional Utility District approved working with their financial consulting firm, Umbaugh and Associates, as they look at the rate increase. Currently, users pay $68 per month for sewer service.
The first step increase is expected to take the monthly rate to $74.97. The second step in December will raise the rate to $77.55.
The district expects to have a draft of the rate ordinance at the June meeting. After the draft is accepted, a public hearing date will be set.
The Town of Shipshewana is holding a public hearing on their rate ordinance at 6 p.m. on June 12.
In other business:
The district welcomed new board member Kathy Wonderly of Royer Lake, who replaces Bob Jarolim on the board.
The district approved moving a grinder pump at 3310N 920W in Shipshewana. The work will be done by Niblock Construction at a cost of $7,000.
The district is looking at replacing a sewer meter at Fawn River Crossing. The district believed that the older meter was not accurate. It meters the flow to the Sturgis system from Fawn River Crossing.