Important City Information
The next City Council Meeting is Monday August 9th at the New Virginia Fire Station Meeting Room at 7:00 p.m. Please contact your City officials if you have any concerns or need to be at the meeting. If you would like to attend the City Council Meeting please contact either Mayor Huston at 641-449-3672 or Clerk Baughman by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 641-449-3492. Thank you
Excessive Water Usage
Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding the water being shut off several times as we searched for a water leak. The leak has been located and repaired!
SEWER RATES TO INCREASE
Due to recent changes by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, New Virginia's NPDES Permit to discharge treated wastewater into a stream, changes will have to be implemented. We are looking at considerable increases in sewer rates. Per Ordinance IX, the board of Sanitary Sewer District has amended the sewer rate charge effective September 1, 2021.
At the present, customers pay at a rate of $15.50 minimum, based off the first two-thousand gallon water usage, plus $2.75 per every one-thousand gallon thereafter. In the event you are later than the tenth of the month in paying your water bill, a $10.00 penalty for sewer has been added to your bill; this is all in addition to your water usage rates and/or penalties.
The New Virginia Sanitary Sewer District Board will be increasing sewer rates effective September 1, 2021. We will be adding $14.50 to the basic rate, with a $5.00 increase to all late payments of bills. Thus, the minimum sewer rate would be $30.00 per month, with a $2.75 rate per every one-thousand gallon used thereafter. The penalty will increase to $15.00 for a late payment versus the previous $10.00 penalty.
Along with these proposed rate in creases, the 2021-2022 sewer budget will also be discussed and amended as necessary.
The Sewer Board is currently working with the engineering firm of Veenstra & Kimm Inc. of West Des Moines, IA to determine the best course of action to take in order to satisfy the DNR in the treatment of e-coil bacteria, something we have never had to treat in the past. Based on similar communities of our size that have complied with these new requirements, we've been made aware of drastic rate in crease due to the additional use of electricity to treat ammonia the disinfection of e-coli bacteria, as well as construction of a facility capable of holding water for UV treatment prior to discharge into a stream.
The City of St Charles recently amended their sewer service charge to $39.75 for the first 2,000 gallons of water used, so we don't fell we're too far out of line by asking for this increase.
If you have any input or additional questions regarding this matter, you're invited to attend any of our monthly sewer board meetings at the New Virginia Fire station on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 pm.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to work through this difficult process. Remember, the board is made up of volunteers and are just the messengers in this requirement.
New Virginia Sanitary Sewer Board Members
Cheryl Boles, Chairman: Jim Loomis and Jody Taylor
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Monday's Fresh Food Giveaway will be held as scheduled from 1-3 pm using a "drive thru / pick-up" system. We will be distributing bags of groceries in front of the Distribution Center during those hours. Please look for a volunteer to direct you where to wait.
Our emergency food pantry will be available throughout the week, but we ask that you call first so we can fill out the application for you over the phone.
We will also have sandwiches and some fresh food items available Wed - Friday during our usual office hours. Please read the instructions on our door before coming inside. Thank you for your cooperation!