Higher water rates take effect in Wilmington
By Mary Baskerville Correspondent January 18, 2013 8:20AM
Updated: February 26, 2013 6:08AM
Water rates changed Tuesday after action by the Wilmington City Council.
The new fees are $39.80 for 1,000 gallons; $51.85 for 2,000 gallons and $63.90 for 3,000 gallons.
The new rates also call for the rate to increase in 2014 by $8.88 per 1,000 gallons.
The rate increase is designed to generate revenue to pay the $13.7 million Illinois EPA loan used to build the new water treatment plant and update the sewer plant.
The most senior member of the council has removed his name from the ballot.
Jonathan Mietzner said Tuesday he has withdrawn from the race. He has, he said, enjoyed serving on the council for almost a decade.
At 43, Mietzner does not rule out a return to the council in the future, but for now said he wants time to attend his son’s sports events, concentrate on his career and step back.
“I’m not retiring from anything,” he said.
Wilmington is offering a $500 reward for information solving the Jan. 12 hit-and-run accident that left a fire hydrant damaged on Stevens Lane, leading to the loss of 430,000 gallons of water.
City officials estimate the cost of repair and water at about $10,000.
Cat shelter plans
The council indicated last week that it would welcome a cat shelter on Main Street.
Speaking before the council, Jim Gibbons, representing COPE Animal Rescue, a volunteer, no-kill shelter, said the cat rescue group hopes to open a shelter at 302 N. Main, but would need a special-use permit.
Feral cats will be trapped, spayed or neutered and returned to the colony, he said. Any cats that seem to be domesticated, either lost or abandoned, will be cared for and offered for adoption, he said.
While the council informally supported the idea, specific plans will still need review and approval.