September 15, 2022 Important Message from Illinois American Water
Update: Illinois American Water and Bond Madison Water Company will return to normal treatment practices on September 15th. Thank you for your patience and understanding during our annual system flushing.
7% Water Usage Increase to Existing Water Rates Effective April 1, 2022 Billing
At the March 1, 2022 Annual BMWC meeting, Marty Landmann, Manager/Operator, took the floor to inform the membership that regretfully BMWC will be forced to raise water rates. A 7% water usage increase to existing water rates will take effect on the April 1, 2022 billing for March 2022 water usage. The monthly minimum fee will remain at $ 28.00. Increase is due to rising costs in water provided by Illinois American Water (IAWC), EPA testing, materials, and all items necessary to operate the system. Last price increase was in 2017. In conclusion,Landmann advised that on February 10, 2022, IAWC filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission for an increase of approximately 23% for their base rates. The review process for such requests is 11 months. If the ICC grants this request, BMWC will need to re-evaluate rates.
26th Annual Meeting Minutes – March 1, 2022
Bob Schrumpf announced that drawings would be conducted at the end of the meeting for six (6) bill credits and two(2) AppleBee’s Dinner/AMC Movie Theater gift cards and Cardinal’s merchandise.Attorney Jeffrey Mollet reported that the 1% quorum had been met with 65 contract holders in attendance.Bob Schrumpf, President, called the 26th Annual Meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. The meeting opened with Randy Haukap leading the Pledge of Allegiance.Bob Schrumpf then introduced members of the Board, Engineer, Legal Counsel, Contractor, and employees.Bob then turned the meeting over to Mike VonderHaar, Secretary of the Board, who provided proof of the Annual Meeting Notice and pointed out that the 2021 Annual Meeting minutes were included on the agenda. Don Grimm made motion to accept the minutes. Ken Haller 2nd. Motion carried.Mike VonderHaar gave an update on the Bond/Madison’s Rounding up for your Community Program. The Program was implemented in February 2020. Currently having approximately 286 contributors for a total collected in the past year of around $1500.00. The collected money was placed in special savings account. The committee met during the year and reviewed submitted applications. The following were approved recipients: The Simple Room, Bond County Senior Center, Pokey United Methodist Church Food Pantry, Pocahontas Little League, New Douglas Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sorento Food Pantry and Pleasant Mound Community Center. The board approved to make a $150.00 donation to each of the above- mentioned community organizations abiding by Bond/Madison’s Rounding up for your Community policy guidelines. Members were encouraged to donate to the Rounding Up for your Community Program by calling the office.Mr. Eyman submitted the Treasurer’s Report directing the membership to review the Cashflow and Balance sheet printed on the agenda. Any questions could be answered at the meeting, or the office could be contacted later. With the financial reports being in good order, Don Grimm made motion to approve them. Udell Cook 2nd. Motion carried.Bob Massa of Juneau and Associates took the floor and reported the status of the EPA funding for the “Project” of water main looping, chlorinating and water system improvements. To provide better water quality in timely manner to members, BMWC used depreciation savings monies to purchase and install five (5) IXOM Mixers. New telemetry (radio control) system proposals are being reviewed. Amended contract to remove the mixers and add telemetry updates will need to be resubmitted to the IEPA.Attorney Jeffrey Mollet presented the slate of nominees and explained voting procedure. Incumbents Tom Eyman of Bond County and Robert Schrumpf of Madison County are each running for a three-year term. Rich Accornero has been nominated by the Village of Pocahontas for a 3-year term representing the bulk users-Only bulk users will vote. All Bond County and Madison County candidates are running unopposed. Mr. Mollet asked for a motion to accept the slate as presented. Scott Gaffner made motion to accept. Ken Haller 2nd motion. Motion carried.Rich Accornero was presented as unopposed nominee for bulk water representative. Mr. Mollet asked bulk representatives to accept the nomination of Rich Accornero. Mr. Mollet asked for a motion to accept the slate as presented. Don Grimm so moved. Darren Apken 2nd. Motion carried.President Bob Schrumpf asked if there was any unfinished business. None stated. The President then asked if there was any new business for discussion. Marty Landmann, Manager/Operator, took the floor to inform the membership that regretfully BMWC will be forced to raise water rates. A 7% water usage increase to existing water rates will take effect on the April 1, 2022 billing for March 2022 water usage. The monthly minimum fee will remain at $ 28.00. Increase is due to rising costs in water provided by Illinois American Water (IAWC), EPA testing, materials, and all items necessary to operate the system. Last price increase was in 2017. In conclusion, Landmann advised that on February 10, 2022, IAWC filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission for an increase of approximately 23% for their base rates. The review process for such requests is 11 months. If the ICC grants this request, BMWC will need to re-evaluate rates.Gary Kreutzberg made motion to adjourn meeting. Rich Schrumpf 2nd motion. Meeting Adjourned.Each member submitting signed invitation card at the registration desk will receive a BMWC $ 10.00 bill credit. BMWC $ 50.00 bill credit winners were: Scott Doll of Pocahontas. Timothy Lindley, Zimmerman & Zbinden, William Johnston, Meranda Beaumont and Clarence Zimmerman, all of Greenville. Apple Bee’s Dinner/AMC Movie Theater gift cards winners were Rob Lewis and Seth & Beth Joy, all of Edwardsville. Multiple members won Cardinal’s merchandise, courtesy of Jared Haukap and the St Louis Cardinals.
2/16/22 Notice-Tempory Change in DisinfectionPer Sam Saucier,Senior Water Quality Supervisor forIllinois American Water: Illinois American Water’s Metro East water system will undergo a treatment change as a part of a project to install Ultraviolet Disinfection (UV) at the Water Treatment Plant located near East St. Louis. This treatment change is temporary, and will begin on Tuesday the 22nd. Work will also include the flushing of water mains and fire hydrants. This work will occur across the Metro East water distribution system for the next month. If you have any questions regarding the change, please reach out to us.
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