NR sewer rate hike approved by county

Seneca County Board of Commissioners approved a rate increase for the New Riegel Sewer District at its meeting Thursday.

The system was built to hold a large capacity of waste, but when a major user left, the village was left with issues due to a lower flow. The system also may be experiencing ground water infiltration, leading to an increased cost to treat the waste.

Fostoria is treating New Riegel’s waste, and with the added infiltration, New Riegel’s sewer rates were increased to pay for the rising costs.

The board increased the rate to $264 per equivalent dwelling unit per quarter. This would raise the rate from $68 to $88 per month for many households in New Riegel.

Commissioner Fred Zoeller said according to Ohio Revised Code, Fostoria has the authority to charge New Riegel up to 150 percent of what Fostoria residents are charged, as the village is outside city limits. At this time, Fostoria only is charging 125 percent.

The board is looking into more information on how to fix the system in New Riegel.

In other matters, County Prosecutor Derek DeVine requested additional funds to purchase a new server for the prosecutor’s office.

The server was purchased in 2007 and the office has had continual problems with the system. He said the office’s backup system already has been replaced due to a hardware failure, and fixing the server was essential.

DeVine said five computers were replaced with money from the Furtherance of Justice Fund and the Real Estate Fund in December. He said six more computers are to be replaced this year with the funds.

The board approved a supplement to the permanent appropriation of $9,641.04 for the General Fund for the purchase of a new server.

The board also approved a resolution setting 10:30 a.m. April 29 at the commissioners office as the time, date and place to receive sealed bids for asphalt projects at 111 Madison St. and 71 S. Washington St., Tiffin.

The parking lots at the commissioners office and County Services Building are to be ground down and repaved. Both projects are estimated at about $150,000.

In other business, the board approved:

An appropriation adjustment of $10,000 within the General Fund.

A supplemental appropriation of $36,362.96 for the Seneca County Sewer District.