Portage mulls increase in commercial sewage rates
By John Robbins Post-Tribune correspondent May 7, 2013 11:18PM
Updated: May 11, 2013 11:30PM
PORTAGE — Portage City Council considered an ordinance Tuesday night that will lead to an increase in commercial sewage rates expected to raise an additional $70,000 to $80,000 per month for the Portage Utility Service Board.
The ordinance will also lead to increases in multifamily and mobile home rates to rates compared to single-family residential rates.
Currently commercial activities can opt to pay a flat fee per month, about $44, rather than a higher-usage fee based on volume.
Commercial properties now pay the same rate as single-family residential properties. Sherry Smolar, Utility Service Department secretary/treasurer, cited restaurants and car washes as high water users that pay single family rates.
Mayor James Snyder told the council that additional revenue will be used in part to begin replacing aging lift stations.
The ordinance passed on first reading and will come before the council for second reading and likely passage at the next council meeting in June.
Family Express Corp. received council approval for the installation of four underground storage tanks at 5901 U.S. 6, where it plans on constructing a new store. This was the final approval needed by Family Express and construction is expected to commence immediately and take 60 to 90 days for completion.
Mayor Snyder and Council President Sue Lynch presented the Portage High School Girls Gymnastic team with the keys to the city in a ceremony commemorating their 2013 Indiana State Championship.