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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Error found in sewer rate ordinance

  • While Leavenworth city commissioners have approved a 25 percent increase for sewer service, an ordinance created to reflect the change listed an incorrect amount, a city official said.
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  • While Leavenworth city commissioners have approved a 25 percent increase for sewer service, an ordinance created to reflect the change listed an incorrect amount, a city official said.
    The minimum monthly charge for sewer service in Leavenworth will increase by 25 percent to $24.53.
    But the ordinance, which was adopted by commissioners Tuesday, incorrectly listed the new minimum monthly charge as $22.68. And this figure previously has been used in stories in the Times.
    Paul Kramer, assistant to the city manager, cited a math error as the reason for the incorrect figure.
    Kramer said officials have checked with City Attorney Tom Dawson, and the fee can be corrected in the ordinance to $24.53 without another vote from the City Commission.
    “We’re allowed to do that without bringing it back,” Kramer said.
    The increased rates aren’t scheduled to appear on bills until December.
    The 25 percent rate increase was proposed to help finance improvements at the wastewater treatment plant on South Second Street. A $4.6 million project is adding a disinfection system that uses ultraviolet light.
    Public Works Director Mike McDonald has said the disinfection system is intended to destroy things such as a E. coli before treated water from the plant is discharged into the Missouri River.
    A regulation requiring the disinfection system is being enforced by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment but originated at the federal level through the Environmental Protection Agency, according to city officials.

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