Ramsey to study rates

by Tammy Sakry
Staff Writer

To make sure the city has its fees at the right amount, the Ramsey City Council has approved a utility rates study.

The council unanimously approved a $28,000 contract with Bolton and Menk to evaluate the city’s development fees, water and sewer rates as well as to evaluate the existing utility system and needs for future growth over the next 20 years.

The study will look at how the city stands in relation to other municipalities with regard to development costs, including utility trunk fees, building permit fees and escrows, etc., said City Engineer Tim Himmer.

Bolton and Menk was one of three companies to bid on the project.

SEH estimated the work would cost $54,000 and Landform came in at $79,500, but later withdrew.

The project will also develop a capital improvement plan, budget, funding options and triggering mechanisms for certain projects, said Himmer.

The study is expected to be completed by March.

Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]