CARBON CLIFF -- Carbon Cliff officials were asked at the village board meeting this week why water and sewer rates are so high as compared to neighboring cities.
Resident Jon Coe said Silvis and Colona residents pay about half what Carbon Cliff residents do for sewer and water. Questions also were raised about the minimum rate charged to families that use less than the minimum amount of water and sewage.
Board president Kenneth Williams said the rates are high in part because of extensive system upgrades and the need to replace two water wells soon. To compensate for these expenses, Carbon Cliff officials had to raise the water rates to help pay back the outstanding debt of $171,720 he said.
Mr. WIlliams said there are fewer families in Carbon Cliff than in Silvis or Colona, which spreads costs over a smaller base, making it difficult to charge at lower rates. He also said the minimum rate, based on 7,500 gallons is to cover the expense of having the pipes run to every house, regardless of use.
Mr. Williams stressed that he and the other officials know how frustrating it must be to have to pay such high rates when residents of other cities are paying much less for the same services.
In other business, trustees laid plans for disposing of remaining Centennial and Argillo T-shirts. A price will be set, and the shirts advertised on the back of the water bill. The information also will show on the Carbon Cliff website. All proceeds will go to the food basket program.
Water, sewer rates in Carbon Cliff area.
--Carbon Cliff charges a minimum of $77.34 to households that use 0-7, 500 gallons of water and $78.87 for sewage.
-- Silvis charges a minimum of $25.73 to households that use 0-7, 480 gallons of water and $46.21 for sewage.
-- Colona charges a minimum of $7.50 to households that use 0-1, 000 gallons (that is $56.25 for 7,500 gallons) of water and $7.10 (that is $53.25 for 7,500 gallons) for sewage.
Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.