Nitro leaders speak out against possible water company surcharge

NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- City of Nitro leaders have decided to join the city of Charleston and Kanawha County in asking West Virginia American Water to hold off on a water rate surcharge they are expected to request from the West Virginia Public Service Commission.

City leaders on Tuesday night said they will also ask the company to place a "self-imposed moratorium" on the increase. This comes after the company sent a letter to the city of Charleston and Kanawha County that they proposed to ask for a new surcharge. When and the exact amount have not been determined.

The company says that the surcharge would go to cover infrastructure improvement costs.

The news of a possible surcharge came less than six weeks after the West Virginia PSC granted WVAW a rate hike increase, meaning the average customer is now paying about $6 more per month.

"Although legally we cannot stop the rate increase we can draw attention to it we can express the concerns that are constituents are relaying too us," Councilman Andy Shambin said Tuesday night.

Tuesday night, members also discussed the upcoming library renovations.

The library will close this Friday for the work to begin. It will reopen on July 1.

Mayor Dave Casebolt says the $200,000 in renovations are going to make the library more user friendly and create more opportunities for patrons.

And from history in books at the library to history on street signs, the city of Nitro's branding committee will now take up the discussion about new street signs that showcase Nitro's World War I roots.

The signs, complete with the cut-out of a "Doughboy" would cost the city $100 a piece, and that price does not include the pole.

If council decides to move forward with the project, the streets signs would be placed at intersections that run along First Avenue.

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