Clarkdale raises wastewater rates, passes ordinance to move subdivision regulations from town code to zoning code

The Clarkdale Town Council took action Oct. 9 to raise the town's wastewater rates and to move subdivision regulations out of the Town Code and into the Zoning Code.

The wastewater rates will increase Dec. 13. The new base rate will be $38 per month for residential and commercial users.

The commercial base, however, is a minimum rate with a usage fee of $2.25 per 1,000 gallons of water in excess of 5,000 gallons per month.

This will not be the last increase to the town's wastewater rates.

In a report prepared for the council on this agenda item, Wayne Debrosky, utility director, explained that the total debt of $5.5 million for the new wastewater plant will require a rate increase of approximately $25 over five years.

The new sewer rate will show on the January billing.

In other action the council passed Ordinance 344, which deletes Chapter 12, Subdivision Regulations, and Chapter 4, Golf Course Water Use Regulations, from the Town Code and adds them to the Zoning Code. The vote was unanimous.

A press release by Beth Escobar of the Community Development Department explains some of Ordinance 344's main points.

The purpose was to streamline the code for ease of use and to guide development consistent with the General Plan. Another purpose of the change is to protect the town from financial exposure of unfinished subdivisions.

The ordinance includes a table of contents to make it easy to move from one section of the code to another. It also includes development strategies in the town's 2012 General Plan, which was approved by voters in March 2012.

The golf course water use regulations was removed from the Subdivision Regulations and included in Chapter 4 of the General Provisions of the Zoning Code.

A copy of the document is available to view at the Community Development Department in Town Hall. For a digital copy please see the town's web site at www.clarkdale.az.gov.

-Philip Wright

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