GROVE CITY – Sewer and water rates in Grove City are on the rise.

Borough council members held a virtual meeting on Monday night, when they agreed to increase the rates for 2021.

The additional revenue is needed to help cover the cost of the wastewater treatment plant renovation and expansion project and a new water treatment plant being planned for Grove City Memorial Park, Borough Manager Vance Oakes said.

Ordinance 1472 raises water rates for the average residential property by $3.95 a month.

Ordinance 1473 increases sewage rates by $3.82 a month.

Commercial customers will see a similar rate hike for water and sewer usage.

Council members also agreed to advertise ordinances related to the two utility services.

Ordinance 1474 amends the 2016 wastewater treatment service agreement between Grove City and Pine Township.

The proposed change addresses how Grove City bills the township in relation to debt service for the wastewater system improvements, Oakes said.

Ordinance 1475 amends the 1990 water service agreement and subsequent amendments and addendum between Grove City and Pine. It also amends the 2004 water service agreement between the borough and Liberty Township.

The amendments would align the township residents’ base fee for water and sewer usage with what the borough customers pay, he said, adding that there is a formula used to calculate the cost.

Council members adopted the 2021 budget of $16,681,955 at their Nov. 16 meeting. Property taxes will remain at 4.5 mills.

Also at Monday’s meeting:

• Council President Mary Kay Mattocks announced that an executive session was held before the meeting to discuss a personnel matter.

• Council members set meeting dates for 2021. They will be held at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month with the exception of January, when the meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Jan 21.

• Council members reminded business and property owners to keep their sidewalks cleared of snow.

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