New fees will be levied on Winchester Municipal Utilities customers for certain services if the city commission approves the WMU commission's motion from its meeting Thursday night.The increase comes at the same time that WMU is involved in $48 million worth of projects, which WMU General Manager Vernon Azevedo summarized for the commission at its regular September meeting.
"I can't verify it, but I'd say that's an all-time record," he said at the September meeting. "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 staff is already stretched. At the meeting, Azevedo explained that while WMU will answer service calls 24-7, utility companies in Mount Sterling, Versailles and Richmond will not answer after hours. Some people also abuse this service, he said.