After saying last week he was disputing a bill from the city of Pacific, the head of the Brush Creek Sewer District said Thursday it appears the bill will have to be paid.
Brush Creek Sewer District President John Griesheimer said he still questions the $12,200 bill from the city of Pacific.
Since he is unable to prove the bill is wrong, it will likely have to be paid.
He said the latest bill is more expensive than it usually is. The previous month’s bill was $8,025.
The new bill is due May 31, and it is for a period of Feb. 28 to March 31.
Last week, Griesheimer said that Pacific may have overcharged the sewer district in terms of the volume of wastewater that was sent to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
Griesheimer is also the presiding county commissioner. He and the other two county commissioners — Tim Brinker and Mike Schatz — serve as the trustees of the Brush Creek Sewer District.
It is difficult to compare one month’s bill to the next, Griesheimer said, adding that the monthly expenses are “all over the board.”
Pacific treats the sewer district’s wastewater under a contract.
Pacific recently sued the sewer district for allegedly breaching the contract. Among the numerous claims in the lawsuit is that the sewer district violated the agreement by sending too much wastewater to the city’s treatment plant.
Pacific Administrator Harold Selby said the Brush Creek Sewer District system has infiltration problems that allow rainwater to enter the pipes. This results in additional discharge from the sewer district to the city’s treatment plant, Selby said.
When there is extra discharge, the cost to treat it goes up.
The sewer district is currently having Public Water District No. 3, which manges the sewer district, conduct a review of the system to identify problems.
Griesheimer said Thursday that the report should be ready in about two weeks.
Meanwhile, the Brush Creek Sewer District has had trouble paying its bills and last month borrowed $25,000 from Franklin County.
Griesheimer said he does not think another loan will be required anytime soon.
However, Selby said the recent heavy rains could mean that the city’s next bill to the sewer district could also be high.
The sewer district’s revenues should improve once a rate hike takes effect June 1, Griesheimer noted.