Public hearing set for city of PdC water rate increase

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The Prairie du Chien Common Council’s Tuesday night meeting involved a number of informational items as well as some technicalities to approve.

First, it was noted that a public hearing regarding a probable water rate increase is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, at 10 a.m., in conference room no. 2 at city hall. The city has filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to increase the water rates. According to a notice to water customers, the increase is necessary due to a 54.61 percent increase in gross plant investment and a 31.99 percent increase in operating expenses since the last water rate case was completed in 2009.

The total increase in water revenues requested is $306,682, which will result in an estimated overall rate increase of 34.99 percent over the present revenues. If the request is granted by the PSCW, the water bill for an average residential customer with a five-eighths inch or three-quarter inch meter who uses 1,300 cubic feet (or about 9,700 gallons) of water per quarter will increase from $33.48 to $44.39 not including the public fire protection charge, and will increase from $51.19 to $67.49 including the fire protection charge.

Other business

The council approved a resolution that vacates the alley from Webster Street behind the old Maggie’s Diner/Shelly’s Diner toward O’Reilly’s, according to Interim City Administrator Chad Abram.

The council was informed the SMRT bus has received a $30,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to offset its recently reported route expansion.

After closed session, the council voted to give the owners of a camper in a low-density residential city zone written notice to remove it from the property. Abram said the owners will have until March 31 to remove it before the city pursues litigation. 

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