After months of waiting for an opportunity to meet with Harry Whalen from the Montana Rural Water System, the Chinook City Council finally had their chance during a work meeting prior to Thursday night’s City Council meeting.
Over the past year, many property owners in Chinook have been approaching the council about what they consider to be extenuating circumstances that would exempt them from having to pay some of the city’s water and sewer fees.
The problem that the council has always had with these requests is that if they exempt one property owner that was included in previous bond agreements, then that financial burden would be moved on to all of the other property owners in town.
Whalen, who has been working with rural water for more than 50 years, came to the meeting with some information from a water and sewer plan that Ronan implemented six years ago.
He helped them come up with an idea of what sort of “debt service” sewer charges could be, but said that, to determine any water costs, he would need to see what an engineer would say.
During the meeting that followed the talk with Whalen, the council unanimously approved working with Morrison Maierle Inc.