ILWACO — The Ilwaco City Council is in the process of restructuring the city’s water and sewer rates and will meet again during workshops scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on March 8 and March 15 . 

According to Ilwaco Mayor Mike Cassinelli, the city is considering switching from a flat rate charge for water and sewer billing to a rate structure based on usage. For the past few months, the council’s workshops have focused on the water end of the discussion. But the March meetings will address sewer rate concerns.

The city has hired Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s Skip Rand, who has helped numerous jurisdictions across the country evaluate and restructure their rates. The council’s Water and Sewer Committee currently consists of Fred Marshall, as member Will Greene announced his resignation from the council two weeks ago.

“We had a meeting with the large water users; we’re just about ready to go public with the decision,” Cassinelli confirms.

Some of the concerns the council will take into consideration are: having rates that will produce enough revenue to be worthy of loans; meeting state mandates for conservation; fixing water leaks within the system; and replacing outdated filters and installing an upflow clarifier. 

“With the rates, the council did what they thought was prudent coming into the new year, we forced ourselves into a corner and we have to make a decision,” Cassinelli states.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend these workshops, which are held at the Ilwaco Community Building, 158 First Street in Ilwaco. For further information, contact Ilwaco City Hall at 642-3145.

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