DUBOIS – To pay for various water system projects an increase in the amount paid will be needed, as most of DuBois City Council seemed to agree with during the second public comment period in Monday’s meeting.
The amount proposed by City of DuBois Mayor John “Herm” Suplizio would be $15 per quarterly payment period.
To back up the reasoning for the increase of $15 per quarter, though reassured to be less per year once the monthly payment system emerges, Suplizio brought up the Department of Environmental Protection’s previous visit before the council, the work needed to the reservoir, a leak problem, among other things. The leak problem needing address is that 2.5 million gallons of water a day are being treated, but only 1 million are accountable through billable use.
“I think we all agree something has to be done,” said City Council member William Boyle, a sentiment that was shared by the council members who stated their opinions on the matter.
Most were silenced by the figure being higher than they thought it would be. Both Boyle and City Council member Randy Schmidt were vocal in agreeing there had to be some increase, but wanted to put it off until more research could be done on the council’s end.
Suplizio countered with letting the council know that some projects that would soon be starting would be on halt until the increase was passed. The reasoning being not wanting to move on if it wasn’t sure there would be money to pay for the programs. Suplizio also mentioned that the system was running at a financial deficit as is.
The council approved a motion to support Community Days this year. The festival is to take place over June 13 and 14 this year.
According to Jeff Baronick this year’s Community Days looks to be one of the biggest with shows coming from Las Vegas, and a drum line coming perform. Baronick explained the examples as the festival’s attempts to bring unique shows to the city.
“It doesn’t just make the fire department look good, but also the city,” said Baronick.