Ravenswood City Council approves water tariff increase

Barbara Layton

The Ravenswood City Council along with mayor Josh Miller voted to approve the necessary water tariff increase, as a result of Senate Bill 234 adopted in 2015 by the West Virginia Legislature requiring a specific amount of reserve funding in both water and sewer funds, during Tuesday nights City Council Meeting. 

“A PSC (Public Service Commission) order released Feb. 24, 2020 changed the way this reserve fund was calculated and led to the proposed tariff increase so we could meet the requirements of those unfunded mandates,” Miller said. “To be able to move forward and keep on track in replacing our aging infrastructure we must comply with the Bureau of Public Health’s recommendations provided to us in a sanitary survey from 2017. The Bureau of Public Health is funding this water project.” 

Although the increase will not take effect for at least 12 to 18 months, it will increase water usage on monthly statements by 40 percent. According to Miller, it will approximately add an additional five or six dollars on an average bill of 3,400 gallons of water used per month. 

In other business:

• Council approved minutes from the Feb. 2 council meeting.

• Miller stated he was advised the City of Ravenswood has $9,000 in unclaimed property in the State Treasury. The city’s billing department will be working with the State Treasurer’s office to get that placed back in the city’s General Revenue fund. 

• Copeland Health System will provide the city with a $4,000 check in combination with the Ravenswood Fund who will match the other half in order to provide a WiFi Internet project at Riverfront Park as part of a Healthy Living program to encourage people to use apps in tracking their walking and other activities. 

• According to Miller, beginning next week citizens will be able to pay their municipal bills online via the City of Ravenswood’s website. Instructions will be included on the site.

• Following discussion of the Board of Parks and Recreation Commission Budget Proposal, Council voted to approve the proposal.

Mayor and Council went into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters from 7:23 p.m. to 7:57 p.m.

The next meeting of the Ravenswood City Council was set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2, on the third floor of the Ravenswood Municipal Complex located at 1 Wall Street.