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MW communities invited to talk about proposed sewer plans

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By The Staff

MOUNT WASHINGTON — Community members will have a chance Wednesday evening to voice their opinions of a proposed water and sewer rate hike, as well as learn about plans for the city’s sewage treatment plant expansion project.

The city is hosting a public hearing at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex Building on Branham Way. Residents can learn about the city’s updated 201 sewer facilities plan and hear a presentation that will review key components of sewer plant expansion project.

The city is under a state mandate to update the current plant. The project is expected to cost between $15 and $17 million.

Mount Washington City Council members recently decided that, in order to fund Louisville water rate hikes, the treatment plant expansion and other maintenance expenses, rates would need to be raised 17.5 percent for the second half of 2009 and again 17.5 percent in 2010.

For a customer living in the city limits who uses the minimum amount of water — 2,499 gallons or less a month — a 17.5 percent increase would raise the bill by $4.75.

For those rural water customers who live outside the city limits, the minimum increase would be $2.69 in 2009.

Oral and written comments will be accepted at the meeting.

For those who cannot attend, written comments will be accepted at Mount Washington City Hall through March 18. Comments can also be mailed to P.O. Box 285, Mount Washington, KY 40047.