High-use water customers to get break at HI

Friday, August 31, 2007

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- High-volume Holiday Island water customers will receive a break in rates starting Oct. 1.

At its monthly business meeting Monday, the Holiday Island Board of Commissioners voted to approve a tiered water rate structure for commercial customers who use more than 30,000 gallons per month.

The new rates

Under Amendment No. 3 to Regulation 14 on Utilities, commercial users will pay the following rates: $7.75 for the first 1,500 gallons, $4.45 per 1,000 gallons for the next 28,500 gallons, and $2.23 per 1,000 gallons for the next 30,000 gallons.

Monthly rates for irrigation meters will be $7.75 for the first 1,500 gallons and $4.45 per gallon for the next 1,000 thousand gallons.

More inventory lots

The Board approved a final plat of 23 residential lots in Unit 301, Block 5, in the Park area across Hwy. 23 North. Holiday Island Development Corporation (HIDC) also put in water, sewer, roads and utilities. District Manager Kevin Crosson said the lots will become "inventory" lots, under an agreement with HIDC President Tom Dees. No assessments will be due on them until they sell, he said.

Holiday Island News postage

No action was taken on the district continuing to contribute 50 percent of the cost of mailing Holiday Island News monthly to non-resident property owners, which means it will continue as has been budgeted.

Newspaper editor Kathryn Lucariello, speaking on behalf of Rust Publications, said the corporate office had worked out a way to mail the papers at 39 cents a piece, up from a previous figure of 26 cents apiece. A mailing of 3,100 pieces would cost around $1,200 a month, split with the district at $600 each. Crosson said the district's current budget will cover the increase.

Property owner Kay Janky suggested an ad hoc committee on communication and offered to supply names of property owners knowledgeable about cable broadcast of Board meetings. No action was taken.

District manager's report

* Crosson reported on various work projects underway. Staff and engineers are working on a buffer zone between the proposed wastewater treatment plant and a nearby residence, as well as purchase of four vacant lots within the buffer zone.

* The Carroll County Solid Waste Authority has received more than 200 positive responses to its plan to offer curbside trash and recycling to Holiday Island residents, Crosson reported. He said they would want residents to sign a six-month contract. The current recycling drop-off center will discontinue Sept. 30.

The next Board meetings scheduled are a work session on Sept. 17 and a business meeting on Sept. 24, both at 9 a.m. at the district office at 110 Woodsdale Drive. Meetings are open to the public.

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