The Redway Community Services District has approved a revised version of their water ordinance, which will take effect Oct. 18, 30 days after their last meeting. Included in the revision are changes to several fees, including the fee associated with unauthorized removal of the district's water (theft), which will be doubled from $500 to $1,000. Offenders may also face referral to local law enforcement agencies.
The fee for connecting sewer lines to newly constructed properties in Redway currently ranges from $1,840 to $2,640 depending on whether the new construction requires a four-inch or six-inch pipe. Residential and commercial properties with multiple units are also charged an additional $400 for each unit. Those fees will also double to $3,680 for a four-inch pipe and $5,280 for a six-inch pipe.
The fee for installing new water lines will double from $1,320 to $2,640 or more, depending on the diameter of the pipes being used. The cost of filling a swimming pool will rise more than 900% from $35 to $300.
Additional fees apply to multi-unit connections like apartment and office buildings.
The portion of the water ordinance which regulates bulk water sales was struck down entirely, rather than being revised. Water will still be available for special projects within district boundaries at the discretion of RCSD operations manager Ken Dean, but bulk water sales are no longer an option per the instructions of the Department of Water
The RCSD's proposed rate increase has been postponed, pending the approval of the revised water ordinance mentioned above, but a public hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. in the district's office at 1150 Evergreen Road. Opponents of the rate increase are welcome to voice their opinions, but voting rights in this matter will be limited to property owners within the district's boundaries due to the parameters of Proposition 218.
Conflict sparked over the question of annexing land adjacent to the RCSD boundaries and the Evergreen Business Park. Several months ago landowner Jim Johnson requested a letter of support from the district indicating that the RCSD would be willing to annex and able to service the new development. That item had been tabled repeatedly, and last week RCSD director Art McClure made a motion to bring the item forward for debate and possibly a vote. That motion died on the vine, however, when others on the board of directors refused to second it. After the meeting, McClure expressed frustration at the lack of support for new development.
Operations manager Ken Dean has announced that he plans to leave his position with the RCSD sometime around November of 2014. Dean advised the board to begin planning ahead for his departure.