The Village Board recently approved a water rate increase and I would like to take this time to explain it as there is quite a bit of misinformation already circulating on Facebook.
The rate increase was due to the fact that in the last 2 years, approx. $80,000 dollars has been spent on water and infrastructure repairs. Both well pumps have been replaced. The water main from the pumps to the filter plant had to be replaced. The filter median used to filter the water had to be replaced. A storm sewer connection servicing 8 different lines collapsed and had to be repaired. All of these repairs were unscheduled and have put a major drain on the water fund. It was the boards opinion that the rates needed to be raised before the fund became to low.
The minimum rate increase of $5.00 dollars affects every customer, not just those who use the minimum. Some residents have the false impression that the minimum users were singled out. This is absolutely not true.
The rate increase was listed in the minutes. The minutes are posted in the paper. The rate increase was talked about in one meeting and voted on the next. This would be listed in the minutes. If the minutes have not been published yet, we certainly apologize for being tardy in that matter.
Even with the rate increase, Greenview rates are still less than Athens, Petersburg and Mason City. Board members researched this matter and discussed this in an open board meeting.
Keep in mind the board members you have elected are doing what they think is needed to keep our water system running. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to speak to one of them or have your concerns heard at any open meeting. Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of every month at 7:00 PM. We always address public concerns first and you will find facts, unlike Facebook ramble, that sometimes is untrue and usually counterproductive.