The biggest point of contention was the language that granted a rebate of $6 to residents in the Tanglewood Apartment Complex, customers located in either Woodpointe or Endeavour’s Landing Subdivisions, the Rospert Condominiums, or located along Brookside Drive or Grande Avenue, and any new sewer customers which are located in a newly developed area served by separate sanitary and storm sewers.
Several members of the community mentioned the fact that five of the six members of council live in either of the subdivisions. Larry Shue, a member of the Board of Public Affairs, and former council member Margaret Linke also mentioned this when they spoke and both agreed that there could be a possible ethics violation if this ordinance passed.
Some residents stated they were in favor of a reduced rate since they already had the separated sewers, even though they were not exactly happy that they had to pay for this project in the first place. Others thought that even though they lived in an area with already separated sewers, they felt that paying at any rate would only help the community in the future.
At least one resident brought into question the figures that were used to determine the costs to each homeowner. Scott Schroeder from Poggemeyer Design Group stated that the percentage of residences that already had separated sewers was figured into the cost of the project before it was divided up among all residences.
Resident Margaret Sattler did a little math of her own and said she figured that the village would lose at least $94,000 over the next 10 years if the discount was given to certain residents in Woodville.
After approximately 45 minutes of discussion, the council voted on the ordinance, which resulted in a tie that Mayor Richard A. Harman broke. The three votes in favor were council members Ty Tracy, Jeff Tate, and Monte Porter. Both Tate and Porter stated in their vote they would exclude themselves from the discount.
The three votes against were Judy Karchner, Bob Hathaway, and Joe Riffle. Mayor Harman broke the tie by also voting no, defeating the ordinance as it was written. Later in the council meeting, a vote was passed to revise the ordinance.
The revision of Section 1(b) now reads, “In addition to the rates set forth in (a) above, effective with the bills rendered on or after September 1, 2008, there shall be an additional charge of $10.00 per customer per month, except in the case of multi-family dwellings, including duplex houses and apartments, having one meter for measuring total water consumption where the additional charge per month shall be equal to $10.00 multiplied by the number of dwelling units therein. Revenue derived from said additional charge shall be deposited in the Sewer Replacement and Improvement Fund to be used for costs associated with future improvements to the Village’s Sewer System required by the Ohio EPA.”