Belleville sewer bill expected to double in next 10 years; residents invited to meeting

News-DemocratOctober 19, 2013 

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— Aldermen of Belleville Wards 4 and 8 have organized an informational meeting on the city's planned sewer rate increases.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria of Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, 8809 W. Main St.

Residents from other wards also are invited.

City Treasurer Dean Hardt and Wastewater and Sewer Plant Department Director Royce Carlisle will be at the meeting to explain the cause and execution of the increases.

Ward 4 Aldermen Johnnie Anthony and Jim Davidson, and Ward 8 Aldermen Jim Musgrove and Joe Orlet also plan to attend.

Residents and businesses using Belleville sewers can expect their sewer bills to double in the next 10 years.

Belleville officials are considering three ways to pay for $127.3 million of upgrades to the city's sewer system required by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Each of the options will increase sewer bills, but vary in whether they bring in enough money to contribute to current projects, future work or the city's reserves for emergencies related to the sewer system.

The sewer system will be expanded to fix sewage backup issues and prevent the pumping of waste into area creeks during heavy rain.

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