Utilities Clerk Trish Dugas shows off the new sign bought with grant monies to warn motorists of street and utility work ahead.
Be prepared to stop or slow down for road and utility repairs in Santa Claus.
Late last year, the Town of Santa Claus was notified of a rate increase from Patoka Lake Water District.
While the town owns and operates its own wells, about two-thirds of the water used by Santa Claus Water Utility comes from Patoka Lake.
The Water Board commissioned a rate study by LWG CPAs & Advisors from Indianapolis to determine what affect this might have on the future operations of the town’s water plant. Their report was received in February and it recommended an increase in water rates to account for past inflation and the new rates from Patoka Lake. Their recommendation was either a 23.45% or 31.07% increase. This amount was determined based on the Patoka Lake increase, a need to bring operating reserves to the state required levels and inflation.
The town’s last rate increase was in 2009 and in that period of time, the Consumer Price Index rose roughly 20%.
On Friday, March 1st, the Town Council held a public hearing based on a recommendation from the Water Board on the proposed increase of 23.45%. Hearing no objections, the Town Council approved Ordinance 2019-04.
At the meeting it was stated that this increase affects various users differently, but for the average customer using 3,447 gallons per month the rate increase would be approximately $5.00 per month. It was further pointed out that this increase does not affect the wastewater charges since that charge it is based on the amount of water used, not the price of the water.
The Water Board has acted in good faith to ensure that the water utility will remain an economically viable entity into the future and continue to provide quality water to its customers.
In July 2017 the town water department began installation of a new radio read, water meter system. The intent of the new program is many-fold. We wanted to reduce cost of reading and, be able to give customers a clear history of use; as well as more accurate reading using this up to date technology.
We have however discovered an unintended consequence- damaged radio equipment.
Typical installation consists of a radio transmitter attached to a new or existing meter. Your water meter may be inside your home, or in a meter pit in the yard. If your meter is inside, there will be on the exterior of your home, a radio transmitter- typically 3 feet from the ground. Care should be taken while performing any landscaping, weed-eating, or mowing around this equipment.
If your meter is in a pit in the yard, the lid and transmitter may be flush with the ground. If the grass gets tall they will be hard to see, and can be damaged by a mower. Again, please be careful when mowing or weed-eating around the meter pit.
Being just over a year since installations have begun, we expected a “getting used to” period. We have however come to the point where we must inform folks that when this equipment is damaged, we must unfortunately bill you for the replacement equipment.
Included with this letter are pictures of typical radio installation of both types- “pit” installations, and “house” installations. If you ever have questions about the location of either type-or questions about your drinking water, the water department will be happy to help. You may contact us by any of the means listed below, or go to the town website for additional notices, at: townofsantaclaus.com.
Utilities Office: ph. 812.544.3329 e-mail: email@example.com
Water Department: ph. 812.544.2354 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Town of Santa Claus is accepting applications for Full Time Water Utility Department experience preferred, but not required. Salary based on experience. Applications can be obtained at the Town Hall, M-F 8:00am-4:00pm CST. Drug screen, Background Check and Residency (within 10-mile radius of Santa Claus) requirement. Santa Claus is an EOE.”
The boil advisory for the areas of SR 245 in and around Santa Claus, County roads 625 E & 1675 N, has been lifted. All residents that were affected will be contacted or door tagged. You may resume normal use of your tap water.
Thank You for you patience.
The BOIL ADVISORY for the First Subdivision has been lifted. You may resume using the water as normal.
Correction for the Water Connection Fee listed in the 2018 CCR on page 3, the fee is listed as $700.00. The correct amount for the water connection is $750.00. Everything else is correctly listed.
The Boil Advisory has been lifted for the three homes in Christmas Lake Village.
Thank you, for your help.
The Town of Santa Claus is accepting applications for Full Time Sewer Utility Technician experience preferred, but not required. Salary based on experience. Applications can be obtained at the Town Hall, M-F 8:00am-4:00pm CST. Drug screen, Background Check and Residency (within 10-mile radius of Santa Claus) requirement. “Santa Claus is an EOE.”