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<br /> MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF LEESBURG TOWN COUNCIL, APRIL 26, 1978.
<br /> A regular .meeting .of the Leesburg Town Council was held in the
<br /> Council Chambers, 10 West Loudoun Street, Leesburg; Virginia on
<br /> April 26., 1978: The meeting was called to order by the Mayor at
<br /> 7 : 38 P.M. , with the invocation being given by Mr. Cole, and fol-
<br /> lowed with the Salute to the Flag. _ Present were: Mayor Mary Anne
<br /> Newman, Councilmembers Charles E. Bange, Glen P. Cole, Stanley D.
<br /> Herrell, Jr. , C. #nd. John.W Tolbert J also Deputy
<br /> Town Manager Juan aRgb' �r/a�ia n�C� � i
<br /> T$ e n Vg 'M � gtin. Absent
<br /> was Councilmember James A. Rock, .
<br /> Proposed Ordinance amending Sections 15-57 , 15-58, 19-45 19-47 and
<br /> repealing Section 19-46 of the Town Code (Water and Sewer Rates) .
<br /> On motion of Mr. Cole, seconded by Mr. Tolbert, an ordinance ,
<br /> amending Sections 15-57, 15-58,. 19-45, ,1947• and repealing Section
<br /> 19-46 of the Town Code (water. and sewer rates) was proposed. Mr.
<br /> Titus said this item has been discussed several times and it seems
<br /> to be the consensus that these rates are inappropriate. If these
<br /> are inappropriate, what is appropriate? He felt it is time to make
<br /> a decision. Mayor Newman said this. has been discussed for some time
<br /> and four or five rate structures have been suggested. She asked that
<br /> each Council member comment on the proposed rate structures.
<br /> Mr.. Tolbert felt that more time is needed to give more considera-
<br /> tion to' the problem - the rates are too high for some of the elderly
<br /> people -"as a matter of fact, for a whole lot of us."
<br /> Mr. Cole had considered making an amendment to thi's proposed ordi-
<br /> nance, but felt it needs more study for legal purposes and for the
<br /> whole structure. - they need more time. •
<br /> Mr.. Herrell felt that the rates definitely have to be increased
<br /> ' in order to support .the system. However, he agreed with Mr. Tolbert -
<br /> people on fixed incomes will have to' be given some special considera-
<br /> tion. We are all going to have to face the fact that the rates have
<br /> to go up.
<br /> Mr. Bange agreed with Mr. Herrell - the rates definitely have
<br /> to be increased, but he is opposed to the resolution as it is written.
<br /> He isopposed to the continuing availability charge. He felt that
<br /> the ordinance needs more work on it.
<br /> On motion of Mr. Bange seconded by Mr. Tolbert, a moti'&A/PWdcable
<br /> this proposal and bring it back to Council the second meeting in May
<br /> with new proposed rates: Council will work on it ,at its next workshop:
<br /> From the gathering of some 100 water users came the questions of
<br /> "Why not discuss it tonight when the people .are here?" and "Where is
<br /> the Town Manager tonight?" • Mayo"r Newman stated that the Manager is
<br /> attending an International City Managers ' Association conference.
<br /> Mr. Bange said this isnot a workshop session, it is a regularly
<br /> scheduled meeting of the Council .
<br /> Mr. Titus said, concerning the rates as proposed tonight, he -will
<br /> unequivocably not vote for any increase in the water rates until the
<br /> capital improvement program that is a part of the water rates is set
<br /> on a basis thatis equitable. He, too, was against the continuing
<br /> availability charge. It is proposed to spend $1, 400, 000 on capital im-
<br /> provements and to pay for this over a five-year term. The town may develop
<br /> two wells, to the tune of $300, 000, and if they produce, they will
<br /> certainly last over five years, as would the capital improvements.
<br /> He felt Council should 'set a rate that the taicpayers, etc. can under-
<br /> stand; also, the Council should decide itself what it wants to do with
<br /> the water rates.
<br /> ' Mayor Newman said it is quite obvious that we need an increase
<br /> of some kind in the water and sewer rates ; actually, it should have
<br /> started four to five years ago - as the costs for operating the•. sys-
<br /> tem increased, the rates should have increased. As an example: Four
<br /> years ago, the cost for electricity at the Sewage Treatment Plant was
<br /> $8, 000 - today it is $23, 000. The cost of chemicals was under $10,000 -
<br /> now it is $33, 000. You can' t keep assimilating all these charges.