Council and DPU Wrestle with Rising Sewer Costs

Los Alamos County Council members held a joint work session with the Department of Public Utilities Board, County officials and DPU officials to discuss sewer conditions and rate issues Tuesday night at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. No action was taken during the meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith, right, addresses the need to replace the aging infrastructure of the local sewer system as DPU Deputy Manager Bob Westervelt listens. In 2011, the County Council approved a 10 percent rate increase and Arrowsmith said at the time that he projected that there would need to be a 20 percent rate increase in Fiscal Year 2013 in order to replace the aging infrastructure and pay operating expenses. DPU officials will get together with County officials to work on the sewer issues and make recommendations as to possible solutions to Council at a future meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


County Councilor David Izraelevitz questions DPU officials. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


County Council Chair Sharon Stover and Councilor Vincent Chiravalle listen to DPU officials discuss the local sewer system. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


County Administrator Harry Burgess, left, listens as Deputy County Administrator Steve Lynne answers a financial question from Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


County Administrator Harry Burgess looks on as June Gladney from Los Alamos Public Schools inquires about the Cheryl Avenue sewer project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


From left, DPU Deputy Manager Janet Bettinger and Deputy County Administrator Steve Lynne chat as Tuesday’s Council work session winds down and County Council candidate Pete Sheehey and Board of Public Utilities Chair Glenn Woodwell listen to closing remarks. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


County Council candidate Pete Sheehey, right, speaks with Board of Public Utilities Chris Ortega following Tuesday’s work session. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


 


 

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