Williamstown sewer, water rate increases begin Nov. 1

Council approves raise for municipal judge, creates one-way street

Williamstown Mayor Jean Ford, from left, and Williamstown City Council members Jim Parker, Jim Stage and Marty Seufer discuss a speed limit change at Tuesday’s council meeting. (Photo by Madeline Murphy)

WILLIAMSTOWN — The proposed increased rates and charges for sewer and water services in Williamstown will go into effect on Nov. 1.

According to figures released by the city of Williamstown, the rate change for the sewer services is 4 percent, and will produce approximately $21,510 annually in additional revenue.

The figures showed that an average monthly bill for the various classes of customers will increase as follows: residential, $1.57l; commercial, $ 24.72; industrial, $ 20.04l and government, $11.27.

The water will increase 3 percent and will produce approximately $11,660 annually in additional revenue.

The figures showed that an average monthly bill for the various classes of customers will be changed as follows: residential, $0.75; commercial, $11.38; industrial, $9.16; and government, $5.00.

The increases are based on averages of all customers in the indicated class. Individual customers may receive increases that are greater or less than average, officials said.

In other business Tuesday, council approved increasing the municipal judge’s salary from $300 a month to $600 a month.

At the last council meeting in August, Williamstown Police Chief Shawn Graham brought up his concerns about the connecting road, Four and a Half Street, from Highland Avenue to Dodge Avenue.

“The street is too narrow for two-way traffic, especially with the increased foot traffic from the new restaurant,” said Graham.

The second reading for making Four and a Half Street one way was passed on Tuesday.

Mayor Jean Ford said the city is working to alert the residents of the road changes, getting street signs and making other preparations as they work towards making the road a one way street.

“There is a safety issue, and the one way street will be a good thing,” says Jim Crawford, a resident of Four and a Half Street and a Williamstown firefighter/EMT.

“There is another issue I would like to address though,” Crawford said.

“I think we should reduce the speed limit from 25 to 15 mph on Four and a Half from about Park Avenue to the new restaurant, since you cannot see around the corner with the hedge blocking and then the blind hill,” he said.

“Kids are in the cars and walking the roads, since there is no sidewalk there, trying to get to school, and I just feel it is unsafe,”

Council agreed, but without a recommendation from Graham, they could not add it to the council’s agenda yet.

“We will see if we can get the chief to make a recommendation to change the speed,” said council member Marty Seufer.

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