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High rates? No problem

July 28, 2013

How would residents in the village of Fredonia benefit from a regional water district? Users would pay lower rates for water due to fewer expenses by the village in running a water plant....

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numbersguy

Aug-05-13 9:54 AM

Do the math. Fredonia and Dunkirk rates would be higher if they joined the Regional Water system. Chadwick bay needs to submit a complete estimate of the rates for each community in the proposed regional water system

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markindunkirk

Jul-30-13 8:36 AM

So with this logic, power rates in AZ are probably cheaper, so WNY should do everything in it's power to go solar...right?

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commentor

Jul-29-13 10:19 AM

The Observer doesn't report the news it invents it. Phil you are right no body wants Dunkirk in charge of anything....why???? just look at what shape you're in. Water is a cash cow. Dunkirk is drowning and they think this is a life raft. Think again at least Fredonia isn't biting.

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baseball

Jul-29-13 8:45 AM

Who will own the water plant??? Who will charge a higher rate to the district when they over spend??? The water plant will be a cash cow for its owner! The board can set its rate, but the plant owner will determine what they sell the water to the board for! The water board would need to take ownership of the plant to have any say in what the water rate would be.

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MatthiasJ

Jul-29-13 1:22 AM

As usual, all the armchair quarterbacks don't listen when people speak. If you paid attention to the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Group you would know that each community that joins the project will have one member on the water board so that no one town or village or city will have major control. Unlike the way that Erie county does business. We would gladly ditch Erie county water if we could. Fredonia what about all the times your water source dries up right about the time the grapes and tomatoes are ready?? Where does your water for Carriage House come from then?? And you want them to stay but won't go for a reliable source of water that would cost them less money and provide an incentive to stay. Mark my words and take a lesson from Silver Creek. If the owners of Carriage House want to move the plant to one of their other facilities they are gone, just like Petri's

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baseball

Jul-28-13 9:57 PM

Thats in Fredonia

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baseball

Jul-28-13 9:57 PM

What do any of you out there pay for water in your communities? Mine without the sewer bill is about $50 every three months with a family of 5

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baseball

Jul-28-13 9:19 PM

About Time phil spoke. Nobody wants to be in debt to Dunkirk, they want everyone else to pay to fix their water plant.

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PhilJulian

Jul-28-13 9:11 PM

There has always been folks who oppose a regional approach and in most cases they simply hate Dunkirk or they just don't understand economics. There is only one way for our area to move forward and that way is to eliminate the costly duplication of services. Rate increases can be controlled with cost escallation clauses. It makes no sense for area communities not to be drawing water from Lake Erie. this issue is a prmple of why our area is stagnant and deteriorating.

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Chuck392

Jul-28-13 8:12 PM

Captain is right. You can find lots of places where the water is 2, 3, maybe 4 times as much as it is here in Chautauqua County. As an example, a family member was visiting a dying sibling in North Carolina. The water bill came and the question was asked "is that per quarter?" Answer, "no, that's every month." Bottom line, the bill was three times as much as it is here.

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Captain

Jul-28-13 3:45 PM

In all fairness, it should be noted that Dunkirk's water plant and the lines used to supply water to its customers are old as Methuselah. The city is facing major & costly repairs if it intends to comply with state mandates.

This cash cow needs a loan!

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Chuck392

Jul-28-13 9:42 AM

If Fredonia gets rid of their water department, you can guarantee that taxes will go up, maybe a lot, because the village will loose the shared services of their water department - sharing equipment, manpower, etc. There is more to it than meets the eye. And far too little space here to explain a lot more. I'll close with - be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

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Captain

Jul-28-13 9:22 AM

Comparing local water rates to those in AZ is misleading. Yes, it may sound crazy that WNY is charging more per gallon than a desert state, but such a comparison is deliberately meant to shock you. A more truthful explanation is that our water rates were intentionally & repeatedly raised by elected reps who sought re-election by being on record opposing property tax hikes. Everyone is now aware of this, so this ploy is no longer advantageous to incumbents.

Yes baseball, ALL water depts have become cash cows for their respective communities, generating revenues far and above operating costs. I don't believe for a second that a regional water district will control rate hikes, while communities depending on the main provider (Dunkirk) will then be at its mercy.

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baseball

Jul-28-13 2:41 AM

Will Dunkirk just give their water plant to the district? if not, when the City needs money, the cash cow will be everyone that is stuck with their water plant, which needs major improvements. Our system is gravity fed, so thats more expensive than having pumping stations all over the place just to move water? Something does not sound right, observer editor blowing smoke again, like he did about the Fire Departments!

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baseball

Jul-28-13 2:36 AM

wow$50 every three months for water is not very high, the sewer rate is a little higher, what is the rate most people pay? My combined sewer/water, bill in Fredonia is about $105 every three months. thats for a family of five.

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