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Village awaits figures on sewer rate increase

The Ellsworth Village Board decided Monday to table a proposed sewer rate increase until next month to wait for figures helping determine how big the increase will be.

The rate increase will be used to finance upgrades and improvements to the village's 30-plus-year-old wastewater treatment plant, mandated by the state. The monies from the increase will go toward paying a $2 million-plus loan at a 2.40 percent interest rate. The amount of the increase will be based on 2010 sewer service revenues.

Next month's meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the village hall.

The village will go ahead with street and intersection improvements at Morse Street and Hwy. 10-63 for the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery expansion project. The board unanimously approved an agreement between the village and Consolidated Energy Cooperative to have the village pay $25,000 toward the cost of demolishing half of the Cenex building in East Ellsworth, while the cooperative will deed over the land to the village for street widening and intersection upgrade. The board also unanimously approved allowing the engineering firm of Ehlers and Associates to proceed with the State Trust Fund in setting up TIDs to fund the project, which will come to $975,000.

For more please read the Feb. 9 print version of the Herald.