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Residents Voice Concerns About Water Rates

By Andrea Hansen Abler

During the Monday, Sept. 11, Campbellsport Village Board meeting, a few residents voiced their concerns over the water rates in the village and the state of the water department.
Last week, the Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a 22 percent increase on water rates for the village. These rates will take affect in the fourth quarter of this year, which will be read in December.
The rate increase will not affect your entire bill, only the water portion. So, the sewer rate and sewer base rate will stay the same and the fire protection rate will stay the same. The base rate for water will go up slightly and then the volume rate (charge per amount of water you use) will go up.
The volume rate will increase from $8.24 per 1,000 gallons of water to $10.30 per 1,000 gallons of water. For example, if you use 10,000 gallons of water, you have been paying $82.40 for volume. Now you would pay $103 for that portion of your bill.
"You have to remember that your water bill is only half of your bill," said Dave Krebs, village president.
The water rates in the village have been going up in the past 10-15 years to help make the water department financially stable. For years, it has owed the village a substantial amount of money and needs to pay this back.
Another issue for the water department is the reducing demand for water in the village and the need to continue to operate the plant and follow new regulations for treating water.
"In the last three years, we lost our most consistent customer," said Mark Gruber. The convent was paying $12,000-$14,000 a quarter for its water usage, according to Gruber.
Another factor is the use of water conservation methods like low-flow toilets, high efficiency washing machines and other appliances. The demand for water is lower, but the water treatment plant still needs to operate.
"It sounds like a Catch 22 because if we conserve water, we need to increase the rates to help cover expenses," said Susan Rose.

In This Week's Edition...

 Area residents show their excitement as they see their ducks coming toward the finish of the first-ever lucky duck race at the Dundee Mill & Park on Saturday, Sept. 9. The Mill board of directors sold all of their 260 ducks for the race. Everyone had fun watching them come down the mill race to the "finish line." It was a beautiful day at the Mill and Mill Park for this event.
photo by Andrea Hansen Abler

Campbellsport Woman Sentenced For Her Part In Drug Ring

 By Andrea Hansen Abler

Lori Beth Merget, 57, of Campbellsport was sentenced on Monday, Sept. 11, for her part in the drug ring bust that happened this spring in Campbellsport. She was considered the leader of this drug ring.
Merget will serve eight years in a state prison with five years of extended supervision for manufacture/deliver schedule I, II narcotics, which is a Class E felony. She was also sentenced to five years in state prison with five years extended supervision for party to a crime of possession with intent to deliver-heroin, which is also a Class E felony. The five-year sentence was imposed and stayed and consecutive to the other sentence.
As a condition to her sentence, when released she needs to have no contact with her co-defendants without prior approval, shall not possess or consume any controlled substances without a valid prescription, shall not associate with known drug users, maintain absolute sobriety, maintain a stable residence and participate in counseling and/or treatment programs as directed.
In July, Merget pled guilty to two of the four charges of which she had originally been charged. The two other charges — conspiracy to commit manufacture/deliver heroin, and party to a crime of possession with intent to deliver heroin — were dismissed but read into the court proceeding at her plea hearing.

For more information on the Drug Ring, please check out this week's Campbellsport News.




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