City Council approves utility rate increases to keep pace with spending

By Carol Harper, Personal editor

Residents of the Town of Riverton are set to see an increase in water and sewer rates as Riverton City Council approved three resolutions to increase utility user fees at the town hall meeting. Tuesday.

Resolution 1446 supports a 3% increase in utility rates for the Water Fund; Resolution 1447 supports a 3% increase in the rate of the Wastewater Fund, and Resolution 1448 supports a 2% increase in the Sanitation Fund. The fees may be changed to protect the fiscal health of the water, wastewater and sanitation corporate funds, which were last adjusted in March 2021.

City finance director Mia Harris said water fund expenditures for this year’s budget currently exceed revenues by $113,996. Cleanup fund expenses exceed revenues by $319,933.

“The sewage fund looks a little more supportive with revenues exceeding our expenses by just $28,608,” she said. “However, it should be noted that a budget of $731,750 is provided for the replacement and repair of essential equipment at the aging treatment plant.”

In 2018, the city commissioned a third-party utility consulting firm out of state to analyze the current utility rate structure and associated costs. The analysis helped determine the levels of funding that utilities would need to complete the necessary system development, refurbishment, repair, maintenance, operation and sustainability. The consultant provided a detailed study of the results during a working session of the city council in October 2019. The recommendation was to modify the tariff structure and bring the tariff to a level sufficient to support the current expenses associated with the infrastructure utilities, as well as annual expenses. rate increases to cover current and future costs.

The increases are as follows (fees rounded up or down):

The city water unit charge per 1,000 gallons for 0-5,999 gallons will be $2.77. The unit price per 1,000 gallons for 6,000 gallons or more will be $3.18. The out-of-town water unit charge per 1,000 gallons for 6,000 gallons or more will be $3.98.

In City Sewer, the unit charge per 1000 gallons will be $3.72. The out-of-town sewer unit charge per 1,000 gallons will be $4.65. Other sewer rate increases and fee increases include Flat Residential Sewer, $44.64 per month; commercial flat sewer, $50.99 per month; sewage discharge, $89.43 per 1,000 gallons; Grease, $116.15 per 1,000 gallons and Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) sump drain, $319.28 per 1,000 gallons.

The in-town sewerage charge for a residential 90-gallon deployment in regular service will be $32.75; 45-gallon residential deployment, $31.01; The commercial 3-yard container will cost $57.91. The commercial 1.5 container will cost $38.46.

Types of rental services include 20 yard trailers, 30 yard trailers, compactors and recycling trailers at $4.70 per day plus tipping fees, with delivery/cargo charges at $242.03 $. Private compactors will be charged a tipping fee.

In other actions of the city council:

  • Gerri Boesch and Cary Fike have been named to the Riverton Rendezvous committee.
  • Certification of Order No. 22-003 Riverview Cove Subdivision and Annexation (This subdivision is located at the lower end of Hill Street and contains one commercial lot and four residential lots.)
  • Approval of a lease agreement with the National Museum of Military Vehicles for terminal rental space at Central Wyoming Regional Airport (RIW) for 2 large-screen televisions and 3 high-floor stand-alone banners to promote the museum to arriving travelers.
  • Approved a four-year real estate listing contract with Home Source Realty to market city-owned land in the Airport Industrial Park.
  • Approval of an agreement to provide a water service connection for unincorporated properties in Fremont County near the Cowboy Lane watermain project.