Adjustments in water, sewer rates to be considered at New Bloomfield

— After reviewing costs and expenses for 2011, the Board of Aldermen decided Thursday night to consider a possible 2012 increase in city water and sewer rates.

No decision on the issue was reached by the board but they agreed to discuss a possible hike in water and sewer rates in greater detail at the board’s next meeting on Jan. 12.

In the meantime, City Superintendent Mike Rieken will study current and anticipated costs for operating water and sewerage systems in New Bloomfield.

“We are spending more money operating water and sewer systems than we are taking in. We need to make some adjustments,” said City Clerk Tracina Shaw.

In other action, the board switched insurance carriers for a coverage package that saved the city about $3,000.

The board decided to award a contract to the low bidder for an package that includes insurance coverage to protect the city’s property, liability, auto and workers compensation.

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