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 Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.