Customer Satisfaction Survey: Click below to download the form, print and fill out, then return to the drop box at Village Hall.
Mayor’s Water Letter, dated April 8, 2022
April 8, 2022
The Village of Bolivar has changed the way we are billing for water. We have adopted a combination of a monthly minimum charge and a metered service charge for our water rate structure. The minimum charge is a base rate that covers the costs of maintaining the existing infrastructure and repaying loans and bonds used to build or upgrade infrastructure. The metered service-charges are the price the customer pays per volume of water used, which reflect the costs of providing water, such as costs for chemical treatment to provide safe water and energy to move and deliver water. The minimum monthly charge has been set at $43.00 a month. This minimum charge includes 2,000 gallons of water, however an additional $5.75 will be charged for every 1,000 gallons of water used over and above 2,000 gallons covered in the minimum monthly charge.
We understand that some of our residents are on a fixed income and these increases may become a financial burden. For that reason, we have established a homestead minimum monthly charge of $38.00 a month. This homestead rate will encompass the first 2,000 gallons of water used per month, however the additional $5.75 will be charged for every 1,000 gallons of water used over and above 2,000 gallons covered in the homestead monthly charge.
What is the Homestead Exemption? The homestead exemption provides a reduction in property taxes to qualified senior or disabled citizens, or a surviving spouse, on the dwelling that is that individual’s principal place of residence and up to one acre of land of which an eligible individual is an owner. In addition tot he above requirements, there is a statewide income threshold for Homestead Exemption of $34,600.
To qualify for the homestead base rate, a resident must show proof that they have been granted Homestead Exemption by the Tuscarawas County Auditor’s Office.
The Village of Bolivar’s new metered water rates went into effect on March 1st 2022. The enclosed bill is the first metered water bill issued since the water meters were installed last year. We waited to collect data on how much water was being used by every household so we could determine what our minimum monthly charge and metered service charge needed to be to cover the cost associated with the water system.
After collecting his data, we contracted with the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) to perform a rate study. They analyzed the data we provided them and recommended we adopt the new rate table. These rate increases were necessary for a number of reasons:
- Many of the water transmission lines throughout the village have exceeded their useful lifespan and need replacement.
- The village’s previous rates were so low that it hindered the village from being able to secure grant funding and low interest loans from agencies that offer financial assistance to upgrade and improve public water systems.
- The lack of metered water billing prevented us from being able to qualify for grant funding and low interest loans for the necessary upgrades to our water system.
- We took out a loan to cover the cost of the water meter installation project, and the new rates will help us cover the cost associated with this loan.
- The village will start buying water from the Tuscarawas County Metropolitan Water & Sewer in 2023 to come into compliance with the EPA’s administrative compliance order.
For all of these reasons, council voted to approve the above listed minimum charge of $43.00 a month and additional $5.75 per every 1,000 gallons of water used over and above the minimum monthly charge.
Our goal is to provide and maintain a first-class water system for our residents and businesses. For that reason, the Village of Bolivar will reassess the metered water rate table in one year and contract with RCAP once again to perform another rate study. This will allow us to both reassess the village’s goals and priorities for the water system, as well as reevaluate whether any adjustments need to be made to the metered rate after an additional year’s worth of data has been collected.
As always, feel free to call or stop down to the office and speak to someone about any additional question we have not yet answered.
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New app to report issues
SeeClickFix is a new tool the village uses where you can request non-emergency fixes.
- Abandoned vehicles
- Drain/flooding issues
- Lighting issues
- Sidewalk dangers
- Traffic problems
Download the app below to quickly report the above issues. The app is free, and will allow the village to respond to issues on a timely basis.
Columbia Gas News
Bolivar Main Street’s 16th Annual Strawberry Festival was held June 9, 10 and 11, 2022.
Canal Street Cruise-In will be July 23, 2022 in downtown, featuring antique and unique automobiles and motorcycles.
Christmas on the Canal will be held Nov., 12, 2022, at the Christmas House. The event is filled with kid-friendly crafts, music, and the arrival of SANTA! This annual event kicks off the holidays in festive style!
You may now pay your Water/Trash Utility Online
Municipality code: BolivarOH612
Bill & Pay is a tool you can use to pay your utility bills online with a debit or credit card. You will be able to view past bills and any payments you have made. New users will need to register
LAWN & GARDEN SPRINKLING
- Lawn and garden sprinkling and irrigation will be permitted April 1 through November 1 each year.
- Lawn and gardening devices can be used 8:00 to 9:00 am and 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
- Compost is picked up each Monday, weather permitting beginning late March/early April through November. Compost should be placed in open containers, not in bags. Please do not mix trash with compost.
- Please do not over fill containers especially with wet grass clippings. Place container at the edge of the road. No limbs or shrubs – if you cut them up, take them to the Lawrence Township building compost site. Nothing over 4ft can be taken to that site. Remember this is a courtesy to our residents!
- Open Burning in the village is prohibited by ORD.#275. Warnings will be given and fines handed out. Please call village hall for any questions.
Leaves and Composting
All leaves should be raked to the end of the road and should not be around mailboxes or poles.
Village of Bolivar Consumer Confidence Report
Is my water safe?
We are pleased to present the Annual Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This report is designed to provide details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. This report is a snapshot of water quality. We are committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies. Click below for the full report in pdf form.
For Your Information:
Ordinance No. 1986-393 An ordinance providing for the control of overgrown grass, weeds, and other plantings. The ordinance sets a height limitation of 12 inches and states the property owner is responsible to mow. You will be given a written notice and have 5 days to comply, after that the village will mow the grass and reasonable costs will apply with the home owner having 10 days to pay for the cost of mowing. If it is not paid then a lien will be placed on the homeowners property. There is also a chance of the homeowner being charged with a minor misdemeanor of up to $100.
Trash Ordinance #0-103-2014 Cans cannot be out any earlier than 24 hrs before pickup and need to be removed by 8pm the night of pickup. A fine of $15 per occurrence.
On October 15, 2016 a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the completion of the Bolivar section of the Towpath Trail was held. Speakers included Mayor Rebecca Hubble of the Village of Bolivar; Dan Rice, president and CEO of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition; Dick Lebold; and Tuscarawas County Commissioner Kerry Metzger.
View photos of the event by clicking here.