Atlantic to Pick Consultant for Water, Sewer Analysis

By Aguilar, Christopher F. | The Florida Times Union, May 15, 2002 | Go to article overview

Atlantic to Pick Consultant for Water, Sewer Analysis


Aguilar, Christopher F., The Florida Times Union


Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer

Atlantic Beach will hire a consultant to analyze the city's water and sewer utilities, which could lead to a restructuring and changing of the rates, despite objections by two city commissioners who said city staff should do the work.

City Manager Jim Hanson said he would like the work performed by a consultant because they have the computer software that would give the city an accurate analysis of the rate restructure.

The measure, which passed by a 3-2 vote, will let the city negotiate and sign a contract with a consultant for the study, which would cost between $7,000 and $12,000.

"I would like to keep this in-house," said Commissioner Dezmond Waters, who voted against the measure along with Commissioner Paul Parsons.

In a report presented to the commission, Finance Director Nelson Van Liere said, "We do not possess the expertise to model all the variables that need to be addressed."

The city is addressing its water and sewer rate structure because of the St. Johns Water Management District's recommendations to conserve and because of concerns of saltwater intrusion, especially as the Jacksonville area continues to grow.

Some of the issues to be addressed in the study will be elimination of the 3,000-gallon-per-month base rate. …

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