A public hearing held during Monday's regular meeting of Berne City Council on a proposed two-stage increase in sewer rates attracted no comments from city residents, setting the stage for the first of those rate increases to take effect this fall.
The council two weeks ago introduced legislation to put in place the first of two planned sewer utility rate hikes to help finance an estimated $3.9 million upgrade to the city's wastewater treatment plant.
The city is under orders from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to reduce the amount of ammonia contained in waste water effluent that is being discharged from the treatment plant to area rivers and streams. Improvements must be completed by 2015.
Further details in today's print and e-editions.