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#83: Ironhouse Sanitary District GM Talks Proposed Rate Increases, Bio Solids and More

by ECT

On this episode, I chat with Chad Davison, the General Manager for the Ironhouse Sanitary District who serves ratepayers in both the City of Oakley and Bethel Island.  We get into the proposed 9% rate increase (Prop 218) where Davison explains the purpose and the process. We get into bio solids.

Episode Overview:

  • 01:18 – Bio on Chad Davison
  • 03:08 – Why Davison came to Ironhouse Sanitary District
  • 06:49 – Prop 218 notice on rate increases and reasoning behind it.
  • 10:32 – Davison explains the 9% rate increase.
  • 12:50 – Davison clarifies the rate structure which is 9%, but further broke down rates by fair share.
  • 17:20 – where does the Ironhouse Sanitary District service begin and end with a home. He also explains they have to have a legally defendable rate policy.
  • 20:02 – June 16 Public Hearing, what is the publics role and process?
  • 23:30 – Davison explains wipes down the toilet are a no-no and the impacts.
  • 26:25 – Ironhouse is preparing for a major upgrade project in the older neighborhood of Oakley (downtown).
  • 29:13 – Recycled water pump turns on soon.
  • 32:04 – Davison explains the myths on these hookup fees for the District.
  • 37:40 – ISD rates are hidden in property tax and people won’t see it unless they look at Tax Rate Area (TRA). Davison explains options board had for 19% increase for next 5-years vs. 25% increase.
  • 41:04 – We get into “poop island” (bio-solids). Davison explains what it actually is and its benefits.
  • 46:56 – What has been the impact COVID-19 has had on Ironhouse.

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