Kinross Charter Township

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Water & Sewer Rate Increase

20 April 2022

In order to balance the budget, the Kinross Charter Township Water and Sewer Department will be raising rates. These new rates will appear on bills sent out in June for usage in May.

Going forward, the minimum bill for residential water will be $8.23 for water and $48.57 for sewer, for a total of $56.80. The minimum bill will apply for all usage up to 6,000 gallons. For each thousand over that, there will be a charge of $1.72 for water and $12.63 for sewer for a total of $14.55. Trash is handled by GFL, and will remain $13.95 with a $2.00 seasonal clean-up fee. Therefore:

  • The new minimum bill for trash, water, and sewer up to 6,000 gallons will be $72.75.
  • There will be an additional charge of $14.55 for each thousand gallons over 6,000.
  • These new rates will appear on residential bills beginning in June.

While Kinross Charter Township has always endeavored to keep our rates as low as we can afford, in recent years rates have been too low to cover the ever-increasing costs of keeping our water and sewer systems up and running. We have been able to make up this shortfall thus far, but are rapidly running out of room in the budget to make up for lack of revenue.

A water and sewer system gets more expensive to maintain the older it gets, and our weather takes a serious toll on our infrastructure. Even in the ground, freezing and heating cause metal to contract and expand, causing wear over time—especially when those changes happen rapidly. The pandemic resulted in increased residential usage as customers who would have gone to work and school stayed home. Supply chain issues drove up the cost of parts and equipment, and inflation raised the cost of just about everything else. Special chemicals are needed to treat wastewater to prevent pollution and contamination of our waterways, but those chemicals have increased in price by around 50%. This represents a massive increase in costs that has greatly impacted the budget.

Funds for the water and sewer department cannot come from any other department or fund. Every dollar is carefully tracked to ensure that money for the sewer department only goes toward legitimate sewer expenses, and the Township is audited annually to check that our books balance. It is one of the fiduciary duties of the Township Board to make sure that every department brings in enough money to cover its costs, and the costs for our water and sewer system have become too high to ignore.

We understand the difficulties that these rate increases may cause for the citizens of Kinross Charter Township, particularly those on a fixed income. However, these increases are unavoidable if we want to continue to provide Kinross residents with safe, clean water. We will also continue to provide some of the lowest rates available for trash pickup through our partnership with GFL, as well as free recycling drop-off in the parking lot of the Township Hall.

The full breakdown of the new rates effective May 1, 2022 is as follows:

Meter Size

Rate Code

Water

Sewer

Total Bill

5/8 & 3/4"

1

$8.23

$48.57

$56.80

1"

2

$10.12

$59.74

$69.86

1 1/2"

3

$15.31

$90.33

$105.64

2"

4

$20.41

$120.45

$140.86

3"

5

$46.09

$271.97

$318.06

4"

6

$69.13

$407.96

$477.09

6"

7

$133.25

$786.30

$919.55

8"

8

$210.20

$1,240.40

$1,450.60

10"

10

$339.91

$2,005.81

$2,345.72

10" Combo

11

$355.22

$2,096.15

$2,451.37

12"

12

$496.95

$2,932.47

$3,429.42

 

Water per 1,000 Excess

Sewer per 1,000 Excess

Per 1,000 Total

Trash Pickup

Spring Clean-up

Fall Clean-up

$1.72

$12.63

$14.55

$13.95

$1.00

$1.00

Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notice

20 April 2022

On April 19th, 2022 there was a sanitary sewer overflow at the RV East campground in Kinross Charter Township. Approximately 500 gallons of wastewater are estimated to have overflowed at the site. Within 24 hours, employees with the water and sewer department had identified the overflow, vacuumed, and raked the site. No complications are anticipated from this event, and no health hazards are anticipated.

Whenever any resident believes an overflow is occurring, they should be sure to contact our wastewater treatment plant at 906-495-5134 or our emergency line at 906-440-2829. This helps our team can get to work addressing the issue as soon as possible.

April 18th Board Meeting

14 April 2022

A regular meeting of the Kinross Charter Township Board will be held on at the Township Hall.

Prior to the meeting, questions and input may be given by emailing kclerk@kinross.net. These meetings are open to the public. Members of the public attending the board meeting are asked to please wear a mask unless they are fully vaccinated.

The agenda for this meeting has been posted, and can be downloaded here.

Spring Clean-Up Scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2022

06 April 2022

Each residence is allowed 2 cubic yards of material with a 500 pound maximum. This is equal to one full-size pick-up bed loaded to the top rail. Please do not place any items at the curb until the day before, or morning of May 14th.

  • All trash must be bagged, boxed, or bundled.
  • Dump Passes good May 8 - May 14, 2021
  • Curbside pick-up will start at 6:00am.
  • Senior citizens are encouraged to call the Township Hall at 906-495-5381 x102 in advance, to arrange for assistance.
  • Refrigerators and air conditioners must be Freon-free and tagged.

No pick-up of hazardous materials, fluorescent light bulbs, tires, computer monitors, or paints.

For household hazardous waste disposal, contact Northern Transitions, Inc. at 906-635-5681.

Do not put compost at the curb.

It is state law--refuse handlers cannot accept leaves and brush.

Kinross Township residents may pick up a "Dump Pass" at the Township Hall. GFL at 3239 W. M-28 in Brimley will be open Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm.

3-Man Super Scramble and Noreen Lajambe Memorial 4-Woman Scramble at the Oaks

01 April 2022

Two of our scrambles have officially been scheduled for the 2022 golf season at the Oaks!

The 3-Man Super Scramble has been scheduled for July 15th, 16th, and 17th. The Noreen Lajambe Memorial 4-Woman Scramble has been scheduled for August 10th. Forms can be downloaded on our golf page to be submitted in person with payment. Forms and payment can be turned into the Pro Shop once it has opened, or to the Township Hall administrative office immediately.

For more information, contact the Oaks Pro Shop at 906-495-5706 or the Township Clerk at 906-495-5381 x102.

Download the 3-Man Super Scramble registration form here.

Download the Noreen Lajambe Memorial 4-Woman Scramble registration form here.

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