November 18, 2019

Mike Tanner

KWAT Radio News


WATERTOWN, S.D.—There was more discussion at Monday night’s Watertown City Council meeting about implementing a new stormwater utility fee that, if approved, would show up on the monthly bill of Watertown Municipal Utilities customers. 


Jeremy Walgrave is with the Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH) engineering firm in the Twin Cities, which has been conducting a feasibility study on behalf of Watertown. He described, at least preliminarily, what kind of fee they’re looking at….



Councilman Bruce Buhler asked Walgrave, based on that mount, how much revenue would the stormwater fee generate….



Councilman Ried Holien asked City Engineer Heath Von Eye how Watertown’s roads would benefit with revenue from the stormwater fee…



Von Eye says Municipal Utilities would need to be a partner in charging this new fee….



Mayor Sarah Caron says a new three dollar a month fee might not seem like much, but it is to people on fixed incomes….



The issue is likely to come up for further discussion, including a public hearing,  at council meetings next month.