UPDATE: An IURC order approving the settlement agreement in this case was issued on Mar. 22, 2006.
OUCC News Release, issued Nov. 15, 2005:
Customers of Chimneywood Sewage Works, Inc. and Wymberley Sanitary Works, Inc. are encouraged to attend two public events scheduled for Monday, November 21, regarding the utilities' request for a sewer rate increase. Both of the following events will be held at Floyd Central High School, 6575 Old Vincennes Road, Floyds Knobs, Indiana:
- At 6:00 p.m., the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) will conduct a consumer information meeting. OUCC staff will discuss the regulatory process, describe public field hearing procedures and invite consumer questions.
- At 6:30 p.m., - immediately following the OUCC information meeting - the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) will conduct a formal public field hearing to accept oral and written consumer testimony on the utilities' requested rate increase. The comments will become part of the evidentiary record considered by the IURC in reaching its final decision. Consumer questions will not be answered during the formal field hearing.
Chimneywood and Wymberley - which are wholly owned subsidiaries of Aqua Indiana, Inc. - provide sewer utility service to a combined total of 395 customers in several Floyd County subdivisions. Flat, monthly residential rates for the utilities' customers currently vary by subdivision and range from $25.00 to $49.60.
Aqua Indiana is proposing to charge both utilities' customers a single, uniform schedule of rates and charges; and is seeking a two-phase increase that would raise the flat monthly residential sewer rate for both utilities to $60.00 in Phase One and $80.00 in Phase Two. The company indicates in testimony that it is seeking the increases to cover higher operating and maintenance costs.
The OUCC - the statutory representative of utility consumer interests in all cases before the IURC - has not yet taken a position in this case but is currently scheduled to file testimony on Friday, December 2.
Consumers who are unable to attend Monday's events are encouraged to submit written comments to the OUCC within one week following the information meeting and field hearing. Written consumer comments should include the consumer's name, address and a reference to "IURC Cause No. 42877-U," and can be submitted by mail, fax or the Internet:
- Mail: Consumer Services Staff
Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
100 N. Senate Ave., Room N501
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2215
- Fax: (317) 232-5923
- E-mail: uccinfo@oucc.IN.gov
- OUCC Website: www.IN.gov/OUCC
Consumers with questions about submitting written comments can contact the OUCC's consumer services staff toll-free at 1-888-441-2494.
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is the state agency that represents the interests of all utility consumers and the public in matters related to the provision of utility services. The agency is active in proceedings before regulatory and legal bodies, and committed to giving consumers a voice in the creation of utility service policy. Residential, commercial and industrial customers with questions or concerns regarding utility service can contact the OUCC toll-free at 1-888-441-2494 or online at www.IN.gov/OUCC.
(IURC Cause No. 42877-U)