City of Chetek's 2012 Quality Water Consumer Confidence Report
Foreman: Tim Berning
To apply for a well permit, please
print out and complete the attached Five Year
Well Permit and send it to City Hall, P.O. Box 194, Chetek, WI,
54728. After hours emergencies, call 642-3029. Tim's email address
Water, Sewer, and Garbage services are billed monthly on
one statement. Utility bills are due the 21st of each month. Past due
bills are subject to disconnection after the due date.
Watering Lawns? - If you wish to save the sewer charge on
water you use outside, you may purchase a separate meter from the City of
Chetek. The separate meter will keep track of the volume of water used outside.
The cost to purchase the meter is currently $116.05. Once you purchase the
meter, it is your responsibility to have it plumped into your system. For more
info, contact the Public Works Department 924-4236, City Hall 924-4838 or email
the Utility clerk at
City of Chetek Utility
If you have questions or problems regarding your billing, contact the
City Clerk's office
Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, please call (715)924-4838
You can have your utility bill payments automatically withdrawn from
bank account each month. Contact City Hall for direct payment forms.
For after hours emergencies, please call 715-642-3029
Storm Water Utility:
The City of Chetek established a Stormwater
Utility. The City believes the management of stormwater and other surface water
discharges affect the local lakes and rivers systems.
This is a matter that affects the health, safety and welfare of the City,
its citizens and businesses, and others in the surrounding area. Stormwater
discharges within urban areas are contaminated in various degrees by nitrogen
and phosphorous, heavy metals, suspended solids, bacteria, and solid waste
materials. Failure to effectively manage stormwater also affects the sanitary
sewer utility operations of the City by, among other things, increasing the
likelihood of infiltration and inflow into the sanitary sewer system.
Prior to the Stormwater Utility, all stormwater improvements and projects
were funded solely by the general taxpayers of the City. Storm drain
replacement and curb and gutter installation costs, for example, have always
been included and budgeted in with street reconstruction projects.
Street Project capital expenses, of course, are included in the total City
of Chetek tax levy on all taxable property owners. Tax-exempt properties such
as governmental offices, schools, hospitals, etc., however, did not pay taxes
and, therefore, did not contribute to the costs of such improvements.
Stormwater Utility effectively spreads the costs of stormwater management
over all benefiting property owners-not just the taxpayers. All
property owners now pay for municipal stormwater services, not just taxable
property owners. The Utility is more equitable than funding services through
general taxation. The fee is based on stormwater contribution, not property
value, and it is a more equitable match between the cost and the level of
service provided. How equitable would a municipal water or sewer system be if
it were based on property value?
The Stormwater Utility is operated similar to our Sewer Utility and Water
Utility. Revenues from the Stormwater Utility are used to provide outreach and
education, detection and elimination of illicit discharges, and construction
of water quality treatment systems.
The first Stormwater Utility charges were on the monthly utility bills
starting in 2006.
All single family homes are charged a fixed rate per month. Commercial,
industrial, public authorities, schools, churches, and other establishments
are charged based on the amount of the property's impervious surface when
compared to a typical residential user. A credit system has been proposed for
the Utility, which would give credit for certain stormwater improvements on a
property. The proposed credit system would provide users with an opportunity
to reduce stormwater inputs, and, thereby, reduce the requirements of the City
to treat property run off issues.
A copy of the Stormwater Utility Ordinance is available at City Hall and is
also posted on the website at
www.cityofchetek-wi.gov. If you have any
questions on the Utility, please feel free to contact us.