St. Albans Residents Speak Out about Storm Water Costs

By: Hillary Hall Email
By: Hillary Hall Email

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- For 42 years, West Virginia laws have been in place that require all cities located within a watershed that supply local drinking water to monitor their storm drains for waste and harmful materials.

The city of St. Albans is included within this law, and for the past few decades has paid the bills for these services within city limits.

Prices have continued to go up as more regulations are added to the city's list of responsibilities, which now forces the city to charge its citizens a flat rate of $7.50 per household to cover the costs. This issue was the main topic covered at Monday night's St. Albans City Council meeting, and concerned citizen Sarah Umphress was there to speak out about her concerns.

"It doesn't seem fair to charge the same rate to homes that aren't as large as others," Umphress said. "City officials should look into a way to calculate the cost each home should pay according to size."

St. Albans Mayor Dick Calloway responded to her suggestion. He said. "Calculating the sizes of each plot is nearly impossible when you have over 7,000 residents."

Calloway feels that the fee of $7.50 per home is fair and serves a good purpose for keeping drinking water clean in West Virginia.

The expected date that this fee will reach the homes of the citizens of St. Albans has yet to be announced, but Calloway said it will be heading to those homes as soon as all parts of the plan are worked out.

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