Although some response has occurred from residents of Camp Wissalochican to pay delinquent water/sewer bills, a number of accounts remain in arrears, it was reported Monday in the Madison County Commissioners meeting.
County Prosecutor Steve Pronai said while some residents of the tiny, 21-home sewer district are making some effort to pay for water and sewer services, others are not.
He said his office will be working on notices of non-payment or possibly notices of foreclosure.
Residents of Camp Wissalochican pay $34 per month for water service and $34 per month for sewer service.
The question arose: Who has ultimate authority regarding governance of the sewer districts?
“You guys are in control,” Pronai said, addressing the commissioners. “You appoint the board and the board answers to you.”
Because some sewer districts are better at paying for themselves than others within the county, the question was raised whether they could all be combined into one district.
“That’s a socialist idea that won’t work in this country,” Commissioner Paul Gross responded.
Commissioner David Dhume said the original intent was they were created to be kept separate.
Gross outlined a plan for Camp Wissalohican:
• Get all accounts which are past due paid up to the current month.
• Look at implementing “some kind of increase.” Residents currently pay the aforementioned amount while the Roman Catholic church pays around $102 per month.
• Look at ways to reduce costs “as much as we can.”
“We’ve got to get more efficient,” Gross said.
Commissioner Mark Forrest asked Nathan Peters to check on the usage by the church. He felt commercial accounts such as the church should be on a meter.
In other business, three bids were submitted for the culvert on Plain City-Georgesville Road, which is scheduled for replacement. The companies bidding and their respective bids are:
• Complete General Contracting of Columbus: $232,864
• J & J Schlaegel Inc. of Urbana: $223,450
• Columbus Asphalt Paving, Gahanna: $280,535
All were bid with accompanying bonds.
Bids will be reviewed by the county engineer’s office and the contract subsequently awarded. The engineer’s estimate for the project is $240,000.
Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 17 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.