Betsy Suerth, a resident of Glenwood Springs, has been selected as the City of Delta's public works and utilities director. She was one of three finalists considered for the position created by the resignation of Steve Glammeyer.
After meeting with the owners of rental properties in Delta, the city council has decided against reinstating a $75 utility deposit for new customers.
City staff cited the "administrative burden" of collecting, tracking and refunding the deposit.
A proposal to make landlords responsible for utility costs, not the tenant as is currently the case, has drawn strong objections from owners of rental property in the City of Delta.
After objections were raised during the Oct. 18 city council meeting, utilities/public works director Steve Glammeyer, city manager David Torgler and other staff members sat down with the owners of rental units to discuss their concerns.
City staff has found success with a program that provides a 24-hour pre-disconnect notice to electric customers whose accounts are about to be shut off. Steve Glammeyer, city utilities director, reports that the number of shutoffs has been reduced by 70 percent.
The City of Delta is holding the line on electric, water, sewer and trash rates for 2016. The rates are built into the draft budget currently being reviewed by the city council.
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