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Utility rates, energy contract before council

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – City residents and business owners would get a reprieve on wastewater rates this year, after several years of double-digit increases, under a proposal before Glenwood Springs City Council tonight.

Public Works Director Robin Millyard recommends no increase in wastewater rates for the year.

City sewer customers have seen rate increases ranging from 20 to 30 percent for six straight years, since planning for the soon-to-be completed new wastewater treatment plant began in 2006.

Meanwhile, the city’s rates for tap water are proposed to increase another 4 percent, following a 7 percent increase in 2011.

Council is set to act on the wastewater and water rate recommendations at its regular meeting tonight, beginning at 7 p.m. at Glenwood Springs City Hall. The council will also hear an update on the wastewater treatment plant construction in West Glenwood.

Also on tonight’s agenda will be consideration of a new, 10-year “Schedule K” wholesale electric power contract with the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN).

Earlier this year, the city considered a lower-cost, 30-year power contract. However, there were concerns about restrictions on the city’s ability to produce its own power from local resources, such as solar and geothermal, under that deal.

Council decided to negotiate the shorter-term deal for now, but still work toward the cheaper, 30-year arrangement. That would hinge on increasing the percentage of local power generation the city could pursue in the future.

In addition, council will resume its discussion of fee waivers for the planned 60-unit Glenwood Green low-income rental housing project at Glenwood Meadows.

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