Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 26

FEATURE

Cheboygan,
Michigan

Adopts Level
Service Goals for
Water Department

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After a presentation by
Cheboygan Department of Public Works
Director Jason Karmol, the Cheboygan
City Council voted unanimously to adopt
the level of service goals as they had been
presented to them.
Karmol had spent four days with
Mike Engles of Michigan Rural Water
Association working on rates, and
from their discussions, he put together
the presentation of the city's asset
management and rates for the water and
sewer utilities.
"The first thing we did was balance the
budget. Then we started adding proposed
improvements," said Karmol. "One of the
things that we noticed was that we need
to raise rates just to balance both budgets.
It's a small increase in the water and a little
bit more in the sewer."
Engles also suggested the city
council hold a special meeting just for
the enterprise funds of water and sewer,

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FIRST QUARTER 2018

BY KORTNY HAHN

because of the complications involved
with the rates and the choices the city has
moving forward.
"It's fairly complicated, but we tried to
boil it down to you guys to the choices and
the dollar amounts associated with those
choices," said Karmol.
Engles offered to come back a fifth
and sixth day to explain to council what its
options are and answer any questions. The
city will need to do something around the
time it adopts its budget to adopt the rates
for water and sewer, so council voted to
have Engles at its Jan. 23 meeting. That
meeting will start two hours before their
regularly scheduled council meeting.
Karmol's presentation was a preview of
things that will be looked at during the special
meeting, outlining the city's assets, such as
the water tower, water mains and the money
needed to maintain or replace them.
All this information was put into a
spreadsheet, an asset management tool

created by Karmol, with 80 projects in the
list that would take over $1,000 to maintain
or replace. He can use this tool for water,
wastewater, DPW or anything the city
needs for asset management.
"It helps to balance a budget and
project future costs out," said Karmol.
Items are put in the list, given a
replacement value and the spreadsheet
calculates how much money is needed
to replace that item given its lifetime. For
example, the water tower was constructed
in 1964 and had a life expectancy of
100 years.
The level of service goals adopted by
the board talks about if there is a problem
or a customer complains, it will change the
critical nature, condition and performance
of the system. This changes the rating.
For example, on Center Street, when
there were complaints with the water, if it
was adequate or medium, the complaints
would change the rating to poor or failed,



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018

From the President
When Rural Water Systems Combine
Peer-to-Peer Networking
Cheboygan, Michigan Adopts Level Service Goals for Water Department
NRWA President Steve Fletcher: Rural Water’s “Man for All Seasons”
Rural Water Rally 2018
State Rural Water Association Profile
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Regulatory Update
Up the Creek: The Ongoing Story of Our Life
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Intro
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - bellyband1
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - bellyband2
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - cover2
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - When Rural Water Systems Combine
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 16
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Peer-to-Peer Networking
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Cheboygan, Michigan Adopts Level Service Goals for Water Department
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 27
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - NRWA President Steve Fletcher: Rural Water’s “Man for All Seasons”
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 29
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 31
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Rural Water Rally 2018
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 35
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - State Rural Water Association Profile
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 37
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 39
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Up the Creek: The Ongoing Story of Our Life
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
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