Frankfort approves three-step
water rate increase
Will fund new iron filtration system
By Stephen Stanis
The Daily Southtown
Frankfort water rates will increase by 16.3 percent over
the next two years to pay for installing iron-removal
systems on four of the village's 10 wells.
The village board approved the three-step increase Monday.
A 2 percent increase, from $4.83 to $4.93 per 1,000 gallons
used, takes effect Sept. 1. Water rates will increase
6 percent on May 1, 2004, and 8.3 percent on May 1, 2005.
The increases to pay for the filtration system are in
addition to annual inflation adjustments.
Trustee Jake Parrillo voted "no" to the increase,
and Trustee Doug Walker was absent.
"Something needs to be done with our water. I certainly
recognize that," Parrillo said. "I can't vote
for a tax increase when the village is in sound fiscal
shape. We have the money to fund this project now without
a tax increase - let alone raising everyone's water bill
Village administrator Jerry Ducay said the increase will
offset the cost of the filtration system and generate
revenue for future upgrades to the village's other wells.
The filtration system for each well costs between $400,000
and $600,000, he said.
The system will remove 94 percent of the iron coming
out of the village's four highest volume wells, Ducay
Two of the wells are in the Frankfort Square area, one
in the Tanglewood area and one on U.S. 30 just west of
Trustee Todd Morgan said although there is a rate increase,
residents also will have savings because they will not
have to replace clothing, water fixtures, water heaters
and water softeners damaged by the high iron content of
"There will be some real savings there. You won't
have stained clothing or have to replace fixtures or water
heaters," Morgan said.
Trustee Dick Trevarthan said the village hoped to start
construction of the system on the four wells sometime
in the spring. The earliest the filters would be completed
is the fall of 2004.
The improvements to the wells are a result of Frankfort
choosing not to bring in Lake Michigan water.
Voters rejected a switch to lake water by a 2-to-1 ratio
in a March 2000 advisory referendum. Many objected to
the high cost of lake water, predicted then to be more
than $5 per 1,000 gallons.
Frankfort provides water and sewer services for about
25,000 customers within and outside the village.