Aldermen Approve Utility Rate Increase

City of Warsaw Board of Aldermen approved Monday evening, January 7, 2019, utility rate increases. These increases will help the City to apply and request future grants to bring needed renovation to the City’s utilities. The rates are establish according the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) minimum amount that has to be charged for eligibility for their grant program.  The City of Warsaw will be applying for a 75% grant to be used with 25% of city funds to start the next phase of replacing the water mains that were placed in the 1930’s.  This phase of replacements is planned to start in late 2020. The MDNR grant application process will start this year and will have to reflect how the rates will be at their required minimum by the start of the construction project. The city will have three incremental adjustments leading up to the construction. Starting January 2019 on the average of 5,000 gallons, household users will see an increase of around $8.00 to their utility bill.  To establish a fair amount to meet the MDNR minimum, the city reviewed several smaller communities.   The approved Warsaw rate adjustment will still be lower than many of the communities reviewed.
In 2014, the city funded a project to replace 33,000 feet of decaying water mains.   Before this project, in 2011 the city replaced or repaired 73,000 feet of sewer mains using funds from the American Recovery and Revitalization Act. ARRA.  These sewer mains were also placed in the 1930’s.  In 2010, the Warsaw residents overwhelmingly supported a bond issue to make these water and sewer repairs.