Chelsea City Council to hold sewer system vote

Chelsea City Council to hold sewer system vote
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CHELSEA, AL (WBRC) -The Chelsea City Council will vote Tuesday on a new sewer agreement.

The new agreement would freeze rates through Jan. 2021, and would limit future adjustments for customers of the Shelby Ridge Utility Systems (SRUS), if approved.

“The citizens of Chelsea have also been dissatisfied with the monthly service fees and the rapid rate of increases between 2009 and 2016 implemented by the previous owner of the private sewer system,” a news release announcing the vote said.

The council previously approved a resolution in July of 2018 that authorized Mayor Tony Picklesimer to condemn the current sewer system and to negotiate the purchase it from new owners.

The agreement would allow the city to enter a settlement with SRUS that would allow for rates to be reviewed annually.

The agreement, if approved, will be effective immediately for a 10-year term with an option to renew.

“By entering into the settlement agreement with SRUS, the City of Chelsea will be able to secure our objectives of ensuring the provision of cost-effective utility services for Chelsea’s citizens and making Chelsea more attractive to incoming commercial or industrial customers,” said Mayor Picklesimer.

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