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The city and municipality of Alpena are still arguing about long-standing water and sewage fees – WBKB 11

The city and municipality of Alpena are still arguing about long-standing water and sewage fees – WBKB 11
The city and municipality of Alpena are still arguing about long-standing water and sewage fees – WBKB 11

A new lawsuit was filed against Alpena Township over water and sewer rates on Tuesday. The City of Alpena and Charter Township of Alpena are embroiled in a legal dispute over water and sewer rates. In 2014, the city sued the township for failing to pay increased rates that were passed on to all of the town’s customers. Recently, it was revealed during a status conference that the town has filed a second lawsuit against the township, this time over rate increases from 2018 through 2024. The parties have had difficulty agreeing on a rate for the years 2014-2017. An evidentiary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 12, at which a revised rate based on a 2018 settlement will be presented. Judge Ed Black will decide whether or not the town’s proposed rate is reasonable. The town’s new lawsuit includes rate increases beyond the current dispute.

Had the city not filed this lawsuit by July 1, it would have had no way to recoup lost revenue due to the statute of limitations. The municipality has consistently paid the same rates for water and sewer services since 2009, despite increases for other municipal customers. The situation remains complex, and Judge Black’s decision will play a critical role in resolving the long-running litigation. The city and municipality have been fighting over this issue for many, many years, and a resolution is what residents really want to achieve.

Additionally, the Town of Alpena held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the recent study on the fire department. The Town of Alpena Board of Trustees held a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the Town Administration Building. During the meeting, trustees received the findings and recommendations of the consultant who conducted a study on the township’s fire department. This meeting was open to the public and public comments were welcome.

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