FROM: Mark Pollock, City Manager/Finance Director
WATER & SEWER RATES
Clawson is part of a consortium known as the Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority, also known as SOCWA. Clawson is one of 11 communities in Southeastern Oakland County which make up SOCWA. One of the advantages of the SOCWA consortium is purchasing water from the Detroit Water & Sewer Department (DWSD) during off-peak hours (usually from 2 AM until 5 AM) at a reduced off-peak rate. This allows SOCWA to sell water to its 11 member communities at a lower rate than if each community had to purchase water directly from DWSD and store that water in water tanks we would have to build individually. We would also be responsible for testing and maintaining those tanks at our own expense. SOCWA purchases and stores water in multiple storage tanks owned and maintained by the consortium directly from DWSD.
The water rate in Clawson is established in part as a pass-through cost from the purchase of water through SOCWA. There is also a fixed rate charge for the expenses of running and maintaining the water system that is paid regardless of the amount of water purchased. There is also a component of the charge for the expense of billing and operating the water system to our Clawson residents and businesses. The combination of the SOCWA Rate Charge, the Water Operating Charge, and the Water Infrastructure Depreciation Expense is what makes up the consumption rate in Clawson. The consumption rate is charged to users of the Clawson water system based on the amount of water which flows through the water meter. Our Water Department utilize touchpad readers to gather the water reading through the touch pad on the side of every residence and business in Clawson. That reading is then stored and downloaded at the Department of Public Works building on W Elmwood and then bills are generated from those reads each month.
Clawson is a part of the George W Kuhn Drain Drainage District (GWK) which is under the authority of the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner. The GWK transmits, treats, and sends sewage to treatment facilities before it is released back into the lakes, drains, and rivers in and around Oakland County. There are currently 12 different communities in the GWK. Our system is part of the areas Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) system which carries both sanitary and storm sewage to the storage and treatment underground facilities of the GWK District which is located North of 12 Mile Road and East of Interstate 75.
Many people wonder why we charge for sewage based upon the amount of water that each resident and business uses. Since not all of the water we use goes into the sewer system, it seems logical to wonder why we charge for sewage based on water consumption. The reason for that is because that is how the entire GWK system is set up to bill us for sewage. The City pays for sewage transmission, storage and treatment based on the amount of water we purchase from SOCWA. This may seem unfair on the surface, but the system adjusts this charge when they set their annual rate charges for sewage based on measured sewage flow from Clawson and we pay an apportioned percentage of the overall system. Although we pay and bill for sewage based on the rate we use and sell water for, the amount we are billed is actually based on the calculated amount of sewage that we send into the combined system each year. The GLWA increased the rates for sewage by 1.5% from last year.
The rates are shown as rates per 1,000 cu/ft.
Comparison of Water and Sewer Rates
(updated August 9, 2017)
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The SafeWise Report Announces the 20 Safest Cities in Michigan
The SafeWise Report released its “20 Safest Cities in Michigan” report on August 7, 2017. To compile this report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2015 to analyze and rank these cities, which all have a minimum population of 5,000 people.
“This year, six cities landed on our list for the first time, including our safest city, Adrian Township. The mixture of repeat cities and those making their debut indicates a strong statewide commitment to cutting down on crime and ramping up public safety initiatives,” SafeWise security analyst Rebecca Edwards says. “Michigan is especially impressive in regard to property crime, claiming the eleventh-lowest property crime rate in the nation.”
See the full list here: https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-michigan/
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PRESS RELEASE --- The Oakland County Board of Commissioners would like to extend an invitation to you and the businesses in your community to explore the many resources Oakland County offers to help businesses grow and thrive – including information on how to become a registered vendor with the County.
- Learn how to become a registered vendor with Oakland County
- Access the One Stop Shop Business Center’s counseling and data sources
- Explore business financing options
- Connect with Oakland County Michigan Works! offices to find and train talent
Commissioner Fleming Secures Funding for Clawson Road Projects
City Officials Thank Commissioner for Effort Resulting in $1.36M in Road Infrastructure Investments
(Pontiac, Michigan) On Thursday, May 25, 2017, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Wade Fleming securing a total of $26,739 in County funds for local road projects in the City of Clawson. These funds will be matched by local governments to complete an estimated total of $1,363,427 in road repair projects. These projects are being funded by the Oakland County Pilot Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP) and the Tri-Party Road Improvement Program.
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