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$55 dollar water/sewer bill for a trailer home?

Something ain’t right in the trailer park.

As we first reported Tuesday, the companies managing some mobile home communities are getting rid of individual water bills.
This means everyone pays the same amount, no matter how many people live in their household — a policy that has many people mad.
We spoke to Regional Manager Lynn Granata Wednesday. She sent us February’s water and sewer bill.
It was $8,329.27. Divide that by the number of mobile homes in the Pine Meadows Park and it equals the $55 flat rate neighbors are being charged. She says they’re not overcharging.
Why not just replace the meters? My water bill has never been higher then $14 a month. My highest was $25 before I fixed my leaky toilet. The thing that irks me the most about this is the way affordable housing slum lords screw over their tenants, and not because they are making a little extra money on the side (because as mentioned in the story that is illegal) but by being too cheap to fix an obvious problem with the water meter(s). If someone is renting from you, and paying their rent, you have an obligation to repair things that need to be fixed instead passing those maintenance costs onto your tenants.

SON sues SF city council & city

Your’e gonna need a bigger boat.

Boy, if City Attorney Fiddle-Faddle didn’t have enough caramel corn to pick out of his teeth with the assistant city attorney’s trouble, now he could be in hot water over how he advised the city council to vote. This isn’t the first time old Dave has been wrong, remember his advice to fire Debra Owen in secret, that didn’t turn out so well. Now the city council might have taken action before they got approval from the Lincoln County Commission;

The lawsuit, a Petition for Writ of Certiorari and for Writ of Prohibition seeks to enforce state laws that require the City of Sioux Falls to obtain approval from the Lincoln County Board of County Commissioners before attempting to annex agricultural land located in Lincoln County at 85th & Minnesota. The Petition also seeks to suspend further action by the City Council to attempt to rezone the illegally annexed property without first complying with state law.

DejaVu. I kind of wondered that when the council approved annexation and thought it a bit strange they would annex the land before getting Lincoln County approval. The city doesn’t have a very good track record when it comes to trumping state law. They have lost several lawsuits that deal with state law. VL casino regulation, red light cameras and the Dan Daily case. I have told several city councilors that they were not going to give up this fight very easily. It’s too bad WM spent all that money sending out postcards, they should saved it for attorney fees, or better yet, paying their workers better.

I think it is about time the citizens of SF revoke the city HOME RULE charter. It’s not working for us, unless of course you are an attorney contracted by the city.

If you want to read the case it is Civil 13-2218 docket number.

A handy video for the city’s public works department

Apparently they have trouble figuring out cubic yards. They came by today and this is how they filled the hole in front of my house.

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Maybe there is an ‘important’ reason why the city won’t fill the hole in front of my house? A new discovery?

Yup, so they showed up on Friday to cut a hole out. ON A FRIDAY! So it could fill with rain for 2-1/2 days before they fill it. That’s planning at it’s finest.

While the rest of us have ‘enjoyed’ stagnant wage increases, the city still needs it’s monies

Squeezing water from a rock?

Not surprised that this passed the city council last night, but I was a little disheartened that not one single councilor voted against the fee increases;

These and other rate increases are being made to pay for upgrades to city services – such as expansion of the water treatment plant – or to build reserve funds, city officials say.

The utility rate increases, for instance, will generate more than $5.2 million in additional revenue in 2011.

Three reasons why these rate increase SHOULD NOT have been approved;

1) Rate of inflation over the past few years has virtually been nil. A 14% increase seems a bit ridiculous.

2) A rate increase to ‘build a savings account’ during the worst recession since the great depression is unconscionable.

3) Other cuts to city government could have been made to supplement that $5.2 million revenue.

This vote just proves how out of touch our city government is with it’s citizens, but hey, we already knew that.