Menan sets public hearing on sewer connection
The City of Menan will hear from the public on whether to increase the sewer connection fee for new construction from $2,000 to $5,000.
According to Mayor Tad Haight, the meeting will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 23. He said that the fee is meant to replace capacity as new users take it up. He said that he feels it is a little high, and could hurt future growth.
“To me it seems exclusionary,” he said.
In comparison, the City of Rigby’s connection is $3,000 each for water and sewer. The City of Roberts charges $2,000 for a 4-inch connection, $4,00 for a 6-inch connection, $6,000 for an 8-inch connection and $8,000 for a 10-inch connection.
As the raise in fees is higher than 5 percent, a public hearing on the increase is required.
According to Dec. 8 Menan City Council minutes, Keller Associates drafted a report on the replacement cost of the city’s sewer treatment plant, which the $5,000 is based on.
Haight said that he believes that the fee hike will be passed.
In other news, the City of Menan has signed a contract with the Idaho Division of Building Safety for its building inspections. Haight said that the fact that the city gets 30 percent of the fees sealed the deal.
“I think the big difference was: who’s getting the money?” he said.
Also underway in Menan is the formation of a Menan Eclipse Committee. Haight said the Councilman Ron Jones is heading the committee and is looking for volunteers to help plan for the Aug. 21, 2017 total eclipse.
The Menan City Council will meet Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.