The Redway Community Services District has identified equipment failure in a third fire hydrant, this time at the corner of Empire and Redway Drive. Two other defective hydrants have already been fully repaired, but this one will have to be completely replaced - and that will involve hiring outside contractors.
This finding comes as part of a collaboration with the Redway Fire Protection District to document water flow rates in each of the community’s fire hydrants for insurance purposes. Redway Fire chief Brian Anderson recently told the Redwood Times that this project also has the added benefit of identifying broken hydrants before they fail in an emergency.
Board member Art McClure pointed out an irregularity in the district’s February payroll. The Redway Community Services District paid out an additional 10 percent in wages when compared against February of 2012. Operations manager Ken Dean associates the increased payroll costs with recent rainstorms - a factor which is out of his control - necessitating additional labor and maintenance.
"Hours worked are the hours we turn in," Dean said. "It’s a fluctuating animal."
The board approved sending $81,413.69 to Mercer-Fraser Company as the latest payment on a $3.7 million dollar facilities project that involved storage tanks and other recent infrastructure improvements.
Board members continued to mull the need for a rate-increase to water and wastewater service costs. Increases to both sides of the bill have been considered and members of the board have suggested numbers ranging from $3 to $10. That could result in a total increase of $6 to $20 on customers’ monthly bills - although the district may tend toward the lower end of the spectrum. The board set a special meeting to determine how much of a rate increase is needed. That special meeting will take place Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m., in the district office at 1150 Evergreen Road, Redway.
The board is still seeking a new member after the resignation of John Rogers in late 2012. They say that members of the community have expressed interest but so far no one has filed an application.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Redway Community Services District will take place Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m.