To all our Owners/Customers,
We hope you are all enjoying your summer so far. The weather in Munds Park has been very warm and dry. We finally did get some precipitation on Saturday, June 16. This was nice but nowhere near enough to lessen the drought conditions. Most of the areas in Coconino County are in stage 3 fire restrictions. With that being said there have been many fires reported (campfires and larger) which means we must all be vigilant, fire wise and watch out for the violators. Common sense is not a flower that grows in everyone’s garden.
We held our Public Hearing on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the District office. Attendance was extremely light, but the few residents that did come asked some very good questions that were addressed by the District Manager. We had one written letter against any rate increases. The meeting discussed proposed changes to the text of the Sewer Use Ordinance, as well as the schedule of fees that are a part of that document.
The Board of Directors took action at the June 14, 2018 Board Meeting and adopted the changes to the Sewer Use Ordinance, including all fees and changes in fees that were under review. The Operations and Maintenance Budget was also approved with a recommended $5.00/month increase to our O&M fee. O&M fees were $45.57/month and as of July 1, 2018 will become $50.57/month.
Anyone that now uses Sure Pay will see that increase from auto payment with their July 2018 payment. If you are currently paying WIFA, as well as your O&M fee, your payment will now be $63.43/month. If your WIFA has been paid then your bill will be $50.57/month.
We continue to work on our North Lodge lift station. We are hoping for start up of the lift station in early to mid July. Once all the landscaping is complete we should be able to complete our Conditional Use Permit requirements for approval by the County. We have started our construction work again on the West Side of I-17. We currently are short of a few employees. We are looking at possible candidates to fill our ranks.
Our flows are up at the plant which is normal for this time of year. Remember to watch what you flush. Disposable wipes, shop towels, excessive toilet paper and feminine hygiene products can really cause issues with your service laterals and at the plant. Roots from trees this year blocking sewer lines is on the rise due to the lack of precipitation. The above mentioned items can get impacted against those roots causing sewer back-ups. Call the District before you call a plumber, as it might save you some expense, up front.
Because we use a high pressure cleaning system for our sewer mains it is suggested that you leave all toilet seats down if you are going to leave your residence for any length of time. If a back flow valve is absent or out of order you might get a shot of sewage into your residence. This happens on a rare occasion, but it can happen.
We hope you all enjoy your time in Munds Park and have a happy and safe 4th of July.
Your Sanitary District,
James T. Wilson
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