Yarmouth council OKs sewer fees, minus details

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YARMOUTH — Sewer fees are coming to Yarmouth, although some of the details still need to be worked out.

The Town Council on Dec. 19 voted 6-1 to adopt the fees and gave itself until Feb. 20, 2014, to establish the rate structure, metering, billing and measurements, as well as subordinate policy considerations.

Councilor David Craig cast the dissenting vote.

The program’s target start date is Oct. 1, 2014. The council hopes the fees will generate $1 million in annual revenue.

At a council workshop earlier this month, Town Engineer Steve Johnson described a potential tiered system that would divide sewer users into four groups and charge them twice annually.

Seventy percent of users, Johnson estimated, would fall into a standard category and pay $340 a year. Light users would pay $170 a year, while heavy and industrial users would pay $680 and $1,360, respectively.

In other business, the council voted unanimously to create a citizens advisory committee to solicit proposals and make recommendations to the council on the sale and future use of the Cousins Island Fire Station.

Councilors Pat Thompson and Randall Bates will serve on the seven-member committee. No time frame has been established for the committee’s work.

“Price will be a consideration, but not necessarily the only consideration,” Town Manager Nat Tupper said.

The council also voted unanimously awarded liquor licenses to Royal River Grill House, Romeo’s and Dandelion Catering Co.

The meeting lasted less than two hours.

“The councilors were in the holiday spirit, so they moved along pretty good,” Tupper said.

Brendan Twist can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or btwist@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @brendantwist.