MIDDLEPORT — The Middleport Village Council voted Monday evening to pass the ordinance to increase the water rate.
Council passed Ordinance 119-19 with a 4-2 vote. Council members Sharon Older and Carolyn French voted against the ordinance.
The new water rate will be $21.09 for the minimum usage of 2,000 gallons.
The finance committee previously decided that along with the water rate increase, the sewer bills for residents will increase too. The rate for the sewer will still be 150 percent of the water bill, but this will increase the amount paid each month.
This means the minimum usage of water and sewage will now cost $52.73, which is an increase of $5.65 per month.
French asked the council to consider revising and reconsidering the sewer rate with the new water rate. No further discussion or action was taken.
It is uncertain when the new rate will become effective. The ordinance reads this will happen “immediately after its passage.” However, it was brought to the attention of the council that an Ohio Revised Code requires a 30-day waiting period after the vote before the rate can increase. The village council is looking into verifying this code.
The next Middleport Village Council meeting will be held Monday, February 25 at 7 p.m. at the village hall on Pearl Street.
Kayla Hawthorne is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.