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6/15/2013 6:00:00 AM
Prescott Valley council to pay 7 percent more for water, sewer services
Ken Hedler
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The town government plans to pay about 7 percent more for water, sewer and related services in the upcoming fiscal year to a contractor that has provided the services for years.

The contractor, CH2M Hill OMI, also will provide more services to the town, according to the contract amendment that the Town Council approved unanimously Thursday night.

The contract amendment at nearly $3.3 million also requires OMI to provide additional services to comply with a settlement with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in response to spills that began in January 2010 at the sewer plant. OMI has operated the town's sewer plant since its construction in 1993.

Each year, the town's Management Services Department conducts a study of the costs of providing water and sewer services and makes recommendations on whether to revise these water and sewer rates. This matter is on the agenda for the council's work-study meeting this coming Thursday.

Town officials signed a five-year contract with OMI in July 2008, and extended it for an additional two years in June 2010. OMI provides water and sewer services, the reclaimed water system and the new aquifer recharge facility.

Neil Wadsworth, the town's utilities director, acknowledged the presence of six OMI officials in the audience.

Wadsworth broke down some costs under the contract, including an increase of nearly $33,280 for recharge. The biggest individual increase is $158,043 for the sewer.

He also referred to an increase from 60 to 140 miles per year of sewer lines that OMI will be committed to cleaning.

Cleaning the sewer lines reduces the possibility of overflows, said Jeremiah Mecham, project manager for OMI.

Mecham told the council OMI is "excited" about using a sewer-cleaning truck, which is part of the terms of the settlement with ADEQ.

Also during the meeting, the council:

• Reappointed Ron Brinkman to another term on the Parks and Recreation Commission, expiring June 30, 2016.

• Approved an intergovernmental agreement with Yavapai County for unified emergency management services.

• OK'd an amended memorandum of understanding with the Northern Arizona Council of Governments to commit $50,000 from the town's General Fund to ride vouchers serving Prescott Valley residents. The town previously paid a portion of the amount with lottery money.

• Awarded a chip-seal contract for $379,256 to Earth Resources Corp. of Dewey-Humboldt for the fiscal year starting July 1.

• Approved change orders for renewing annual contracts for janitorial, landscaping, street striping, street sweeping and swath mowing services.

• Awarded contracts for annual public works materials and supply programs.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Your right. It's pretty normal for government operations.

Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Article comment by: Do YOUR Homework

There is way more to it than that. You really should have done your homework. The sewer spill was complicated and it is not as simple as pointing the finger at one entity. No entity "caused" it (and I cannot go into further detail). The new services are an offset of the penalty and the rate was going up anyway because there are more services being provided including more population, thus more meters (they are providing water and sewer to more people).

That is just the tip of the iceberg. So, I suggest that until you know everything, don't say anything.

Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

So OMI screws up and we get fined for sewer spills and we give them a bigger contract. Of course we will see that 7% increase in a future water-sewer rate increase. Great. As for the "settlement recharge ponds", those costs should be paid for by future contractors of housing. Water credits will be used to approve more subdivisions even if the Big Chino Pipeline is never completed. Mayor Skoog and council, you didn't do your homework. You are supposed to work for "We the People" not the developers. You do not reward bad performance and ignore the citizens.

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