In order to even out service costs for an already maxed-out staff of Winchester Municipal Utilities, the company proposed that certain fee be increases at the regular meeting of the WMU Commission on Thursday.The largest increases would involve service calls and water connection fees. Water connection service calls after business hours from 3:30 to 11 p.m. would be $50, than $100 from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Miscellaneous service call costs would not change. Previously, water connection service calls cost $30 after hours. There was no mention of miscellaneous service calls in the original ordinance.
Immediately following the proposal, general manager Vernon Azevedo presented a project summary sheet with more than $48 million in current projects.
"I can't verify it, but I'd say that's an all-time record," he said. "We're at capacity as a staff."
While the increase in projects was not necessarily a reason for additional fees, he said, the staff does need re-cooperative costs for the expensive services, and the projects were used as an example of how thinly the staff is already stretched.