NEW ULM – The New Ulm Public Utilities Commission passed its 2022 budget and approved rate increases on steam, water and wastewater at its meeting on Tuesday.
Operating profit for 2022 is $ 45.7 million with operating expenses of $ 43.9 million. Net operating income will be $ 1.77 million. and net income of $ 3.2 million.
The commission then approved the utility tariffs.
Steam tariffs will see a 2% increase to cover the operating costs of the Urban Energy Division.
The Steam price increases are:
• Residential rate: $ 12.68 / Mlb to $ 12.93 / Mlb
• Small advertising: $ 12.47 / Mlb to $ 12.72 / Mlb
• Large advertising: $ 12.31 / Mlb to $ 12.56 / Mlb
• Industrial: $ 10.68 / Mlb to $ 10.89 / Mlb
• Municipal-PUC: $ 12.04 / Mlb to $ 12.28 / Mlb
The last increase in steam rates took effect on February 1, 2018. This increase is expected to increase revenue by $ 24,500.
Water rates have been increased for the first time since 2014. The increase includes a change in meter rates and per 1,000 gallons of use.
The monthly rate for the meter is equivalent per meter (based on a standard 5/8 ″ meter).
• 5/8”Or 3/4 ″ yard: $ 10.10 to $ 12.00
• 1 ″ meter: $ 14.14 to $ 16.80
• 1 1/2 ″ meter: $ 18.18 to $ 21.60
• 2 ″ meter: $ 29.29 to $ 34.80
• 3 ″ meter: $ 111.10 to $ 132.00
• 4 ″ meter: $ 141.40 to $ 168.00
• 6 ″ meter: $ 212.10 to $ 252.00
• 8 ″ meter: $ 292.90 to $ 348.00
In the case of water use, the tariffs have been divided into two blocks. Residential properties using less than 5,000 gallons of water would see a rate change from $ 3.78 per thousand gallons (Kgal) to $ 3.80 / Kgal. Residential properties using more than 5,000 gallons would drop from $ 4.73 / kg to $ 4.75 / kg.
Small commercial rate users are divided at 9,000 gallons. Users under 9,000 gallons will see prices drop from $ 3.40 / kg to $ 3.42 / kg. Above 9,000 gallons, the rates change from $ 3.74 / Kgal to $ 3.81 / Kgal.
The large commercial is divided by 100,000 gallons. Users under 100,000 gallons will see a change from $ 3.40 / Kgal to $ 3.46 / Kgal. Over 100,000 gallons will go from $ 3.74 / Kgal to $ 3.81 / Kgal.
The industrial block rate of up to 556,000 gallons will drop from $ 2.98 / Kgal to $ 3.08 / Kgal. Besemerover 556,000 gallon block rate will drop from $ 3.14 / Kgal to $ 3.25 / Kgal.
The special Municipal / PUC rates have been abolished. Municipal tariffs are now determined according to the same criteria as those used to determine the commercial and industrial tariffs of small and large according to the tariff schedule. Municipal services will be billed according to the appropriate category based on the size of the meter and water consumption.
The rate for temporary water service will drop from $ 3.84 / Kgal to $ 3.86 / Kgal.
Wastewater tariffs will increase for the first time since 2013. The increase will help cover operating and capital expenses. Most of the increases are $ 6.75 to $ 10. Fares for Commercial, Domestic and Courtland fares will all drop from $ 6.75 to $ 10.
The industrial rate will also see an increase in user fees from $ 6.75 to $ 10, but the phosphorus per pound rate will drop from $ 4.11 to $ 4.38. The industrial total suspended solids (TSS) rate will also increase from 19 cents to 22 cents.
As with the modification of the water tariff, the municipal wastewater tariff has also been eliminated.
Under the personnel decisions, a general wage increase of 2.5% was granted to non-unionized PUC employees. The adjustment was previously approved by New Ulm City Council.
The collective agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 949 has been approved.
City human resources director Shawna Boomgarden said the deal was for three years, ending in 2024. Annual salary adjustments were 2.5% for 2022, 2.75% for 2023 and 2.75% for 2024.
The Commissioners accepted a proposal from Schaefer Well Co. Inc. for construction services for the rehabilitation of Well No. 23 for $ 36,688.11.
The pump motor for this well has started to show defects and needs to be replaced. This well has been in service since 1971.
The project is part of the 2022 budget.
An offer for the ATA Motor Control Center (MCC) replacement switchgear was also approved. Van Meter Inc.’s offer was accepted for $ 65,908.
ATAD’s main circuit breaker recently failed. This rupture model is no longer supported.