WILMINGTON --The town's sewer rate will be decreasing in fiscal year 2014 due to an increase in the number of equivalent connector units, or ECUs.
During a Sewer Commissioners meeting on Aug. 7, the Wilmington Selectboard set the sewer rate for the 2014 fiscal year at $315 per ECU. Last year's rate was established at $324.50 per ECU.
Each single family house is a separate ECU, Chief Operator of the Wilmington Waste Water Treatment Plant John Lazelle explained. An apartment is considered a .75 ECU and restaurants are measured differently altogether.
"When we proposed during budget time, we were up to $327 per ECU," said Lazelle. "The budgeted amount is the same but use is up 22 percent."
The usage increased most notably due to changes in student population at the Deerfield Valley Elementary School. Starting in September, Whitingham students will join Wilmington students at the school, which will be known as the Twin Valley Elementary School.
Lazelle told the board that next year, when Wilmington high school students move to the former Whitingham Elementary School building to attend the new Twin Valley Middle and High School with Whitingham high school students, the Selectboard will need to make a decision on what to do with the Twin Valley High School building on Main Street.
"They might want to keep that allocation for whatever plans come down the road," said Lazelle.
Selectboard member Susie Haughwout said the new occupants would have to pay a new allocation fee if it is removed from the list of wastewater plant customers.
Payments are due on Sept. 16 and Mar. 14 of 2014.
Lazelle also reported that the town is only using 75,900 gallons of the allowed daily flow of 135,000 gallons. In 2012, the town used an average of 68,000 gallons a day.
An application for a sewer allocation permit has been put in for the new State Garage building on Haystack Road. The building will be used for storing trucks, but no maintenance work may be performed there because the space is without storm drains.
The Selectboard approved a preliminary sewer allocation permit for the state of Vermont.
The entire building is being redone and the sewer line is going to be connected to the adjacent property owners, which is the town, said Wilmington Town Manager Scott Murphy.
"There's easements we still need to talk about," Lazelle said of the permitting process for the building.
The corporation, Red Hen/Gray Goose SIC, was granted an extension of its sewer allocation permit for another six month extension. The permit is for the brick building at the intersection of Route 9 and Route 100.
"They're still moving forward," said Lazelle. "And still planning on a 100 seat (capacity)."
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