By Gail Parsons
DCNT News Editor
The calculation of sewer rates in Chapman will revert back to being based on a three-month average rather than monthly water usage.
“We had changed our sewer rates a few months back to have it no longer be averaged for January, February and March and was basing it strictly on water usage and that just didn’t work out the way we thought it would,” said City Administrator Bill Flanery
What they realized was that the only people who were paying more were those who watered their yards or had a garden.
“We were trying to generate revenue to pay for the lagoon but the only people that would actually be paying more revenue is the people who used more water in the summer months,” he said. “Really, that water isn’t going down the sewer.”
The City Council voted at its Wednesday, Sept. 14 meeting to go back to charging based on the average water use in the first three months of the year. They also increased the sewer surcharge from $5 to $15.
“Everyone will pay the same amount regardless of how much water they use,” he said.
In other council business:
Council members approved an exemption for KSA 12-1222, which directs that a library board must comprise members who live in the city.
“That really limits the number of people we have who are willing to serve on the library board,” he said.
Under Charter Ordinance No. 9, Chapman will be exempt from the state statute and will permit two of its members to live outside of the municipal boundary.
The council also approved a contract with Everbridge Notification to provide a service allowing the city to send out mass communication in case of emergencies.
“We can invite everyone from the town to participate in where we can send out emergency messages, kind of like the weather service does,” Flanery said. “If there is a tornado warning or something similar to that … we can notify the residents. If there is some kind of police action going on at the school, we can broadcast that out to all the residents of Chapman via text at one time.”
The system, which will cost $3,650 a years, can also incorporate landlines for people who do not have a cell phone.
Lacey Fielder, Amber Stanley, and Mitchell Keating were appointed to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
The City approved a $5,000 donation to the senior center.