CLEARFIELD -- The city is making efforts to recoup costs associated with installing water meters by changing the consolidated fee schedule.
"We needed a new fee to cover the costs," said City Manager Chris Hillman. "We have always charged for the meter, but not for installation. We needed a way to recoup the costs of doing that."
The city council recently approved a change to the fee schedule updating the current fees to adequately cover the cost of the meters.
The new fee covers the cost of installing the new meters too. For a residential 5/8-inch, up to and including the 2-inch meter, it takes a technician about an hour to install. That cost would be $25.
Meters greater than 2 inches require a public works crew to install. The fee charged will depend on the size of the meter and will include the actual cost of labor, material and equipment.
"This is the best way to handle it," said Community Development Director Adam Lenhard. "It is certainly the fairest way to handle it, so others aren't subsidizing those things. We are just passing through the costs."
In addition to the fee, an additional 10 percent was added to cover the cost of overhead for the ordering, stocking and inventorying as well as other costs related to the meter. The 10 percent charge will be included on the price listed on the fee schedule.
For example, a residential meter has a 10 percent overhead cost of $19.
When looking at the fee schedule, the overall cost listed for a 1-inch meter is $292 plus the $25 installation fee. Meanwhile, the largest meter, a 6-inch turbine meter, has a cost now of $3,413, then additional installation fees that are listed as "per city public works hourly rate."
Changes already have been made to the fee schedule.
Lenhard said the additional fees are something that was needed.
"Over time, the cost has escalated, but the cost we were passing on did not keep up," he said. "We should be able to recover the costs.
"These fees now show the true impact of the service."