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Posted on: December 22, 2021

Public Notice To All Customers of the Village of Plover Municipal Water Utility

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The Village of Plover Municipal Water Utility has filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to adjust water rates.

The total decrease in water revenues requested is $212,633 which will result in an estimated overall rate decrease of 9.04 percent over the water utility’s present revenues.  If the request is granted, the water bill for an average residential customer with a ⅝-inch or ¾-inch meter who uses 12,000 gallons of water per quarter will increase from $73.64 to $74.37, or 1%.

The Utility currently collects $294,131 from the Village of Plover (Village) for providing public fire protection (PFP) water service to the Village.  This cost is 51.21 percent of the total PFP cost.  The remaining 48.79 percent of the total PFP cost, or $280,256, is from PFP charges collected directly from water utility customers.   The total PFP cost of $574,387 covers the additional storage, pumping, and distribution required to provide the high flows and pressures needed to fight fires.   The Village collects the funds for the current municipal PFP charge of $294,131 from property taxes and pays this charge to the water utility.  The Village recently approved changing the method of recovering the PFP charge from a combination of municipal and direct PFP charges to 100 percent direct PFP charges collected directly from water utility customers. 

The Village requested Commission authorization to collect the direct PFP charge from each customer of the water utility, based on the Equivalent Meters method.  This change in the method of recovering the PFP charge will allow the Utility to collect a portion of the PFP charge from property owners who are not subject to property taxes. The Utility intends to charge direct

PFP charges to non-general service customers.

An audiovisual public hearing on the application has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.  This hearing has no physical location.  Parties and Commission staff appear by audiovisual connection over the internet.  Parties and Commission staff may use the audio-only telephone connection as a backup, or if no practicable internet connection exists.  Members of the public attend by audiovisual connection over the internet, or by audio-only telephone connection.  

Join by audiovisual connection at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/my/pschearings

To join by telephone:

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Dial:

+1 312 626 6799

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Enter:

809 513 2930 # (Meeting ID)

 Each participant shall provide their name, and status as either a party representative, Commission staff, or a member of the public.  Each participant using the internet connection shall provide this information in the “Join Meeting” dialog screen, or by renaming the participant’s screenname after gaining admittance to the hearing.  Each person connecting by telephone shall provide this information immediately after gaining admittance to the hearing

Upon connecting to the hearing, each participant will enter a waiting room and await admittance to the hearing.  Before commencing the hearing, the ALJ will admit each participant who connected before the designated start time.  The ALJ will admit each participant who connects after the hearing begins at the earliest opportunity that does not disrupt the hearing.  Each member of the public shall remain muted until the ALJ invites that person to comment.

 

The Commission will livestream the audio of this hearing on its website.  The livestream allows anyone to listen to the hearing without connecting to it as described above.  To access the livestream, go to the Commission’s website at http://psc.wi.gov, and select “Live Broadcast” button.  The live broadcast webpage provides neither: 1) an opportunity to make a comment, nor 2) closed captioning.

A person may testify in this proceeding without becoming a party and without attorney representation.  A person may submit this testimony in only one of the following ways:

  • Web Comment.  File a comment online.  Go to the Commission’s web site at http://psc.wi.gov, click on “File a Comment”.  On the next page select the “File a comment” link that appears for docket number 4737-WR-103.  Web comments shall be received no later than Thursday, January 20, 2022.
  • Oral Comment.  Speak during the hearing.  The ALJ may receive an oral comment from any member of the public in attendance after the close of any party and Commission staff testimony.   The ALJ will receive an oral comment by unmuting each member of the public connected, and inviting that person to comment.
  • Mail Comment.  Submit a comment by U.S. Mail.  All comments submitted by U.S. Mail shall be received no later than Thursday, January 20, 2022 and shall be addressed to: Attn: Docket 4737-WR-103 Comments, Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 7854, Madison, WI 53707-7854.

All documents in this docket are filed on the Commission’s Electronic Records Filing (ERF) system. To view these documents: (1) go to the Commission’s E-Services Portal at http://apps.psc.wi.gov, (2) enter “4737-WR-103” in the box labeled “Quick Single Docket Search,” and (3) select “Documents”.

If you have any questions, please contact Village of Plover Municipal Water Utility at (715) 345-5250.

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