O’Fallon Council approves water rate freeze for one year

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Chief Eric Van Hook introduced the City Council to the newest members of the O’Fallon Police Department. Three of the officers were sworn in on September 11, while the fourth is still taking part in the academy. Pictured from left: Mayor Herb Roach, Commissioner Gene McCoskey, Officer Justin Ellis, Officer George Fender, Officer Nicholas Luttrell, Officer Cloee Frank, Chief Van Hook, and Commissioner Horace Humphries. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

O’FALLON – Residents of O’Fallon and Fairview Heights will see some relief on their water bills for the next year, as the O’Fallon City Council voted 12-2 to approve a one year rate freeze.

The freeze, which will begin in October 2017, stops a scheduled 3.5 percent adjustment from taking place. Mayor Herb Roach and Public Works Director Jeff Taylor have both stated the goal of this freeze is to give the Public Works Department and Water and Sewer Departments time to finalize a plan to improve the city’s water and sewer systems using a surplus that has accumulated over the years.

Aldermen Jerry Albrecht and Courtney Marsh voted against the freeze. Albrecht expressed concern that the city is freezing rates right when they are planning for large water infrastructure repairs and replacements.

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