Salem selectmen raise sewer rates
September 12. 2018 11:02PM
SALEM — The Board of Selectmen voted Monday to raise sewer rates to $4.65 per 100 cubic feet in 2019, $4.85 in 2020, $4.85 in 2021 and $4.95 in 2022 following the recommendation of town Finance Director Nicole McGee.
Selectmen had previously set the rate at $4.55 per 100 cubic feet in 2019 and $4.65 in 2020. The 2018 rate is $4.45.
The increase is based on budget projections factoring current usage and does not calculate any projected impact caused by future development, McGee said.
After a discussion of transfer station costs, a vote to raise the landfill permit sticker fee from $15 to $20 failed three to two.
Town health officer Brian Lockard presented an update on the town’s mosquito control program after the test results of a mosquito batch and a bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in early August.
Regular tests since then have all come back negative, Lockard said. But he said the risk of the virus continues until first frost.
He said about five or six other communities have tested positive for West Nile, including Manchester, Nashua and Plaistow.
Salem is putting pesticides in catch basins and other areas known for mosquito breeding as a precaution.