WASHINGTONVILLE- Village Council Monday night increased water rates for all customers.
The new rates are $18.75 for the first 1,000 gallons and $8.25 for each additional 1,000 gallons for residents, and $22.50 for the first 1,000 gallons and $9.40 for each additional 1,000 gallons for non-residents, a 25 percent increase for each.
The rates take effect Feb. 1.
According to Councilwoman Renee Jackson, the increase matches that of Salem city's 25 percent increase for non-resident customers, which includes the village.
"It's due to an increase by the provider and there is no way around it," she said.
In other news, council discussed purchasing video and audio recording equipment to use during council meetings, noting an incident with an angry resident at the last meeting, as well as several documented incidents across the country, including the school board shooting in Florida last month.
"We've been updating the police department, now we need to make sure we're covered over here (Village Hall)," Jackson said. "We need to protect council, our solicitor and the town. This would eliminate any 'he said, she said' situations."
Council President Will Jones agreed to look into purchasing the equipment.
Also at the meeting, council re-elected Jones as president; hired Troy Mackall of Salem as a reserve police officer; and hired Custom Comfort of Columbiana to install a heating and air conditioning system in the police department for approximately $4,500, which could save the department 30 to 40 percent on its electricity bill.
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Village Hall.
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