Oakman sewer rates to increase; Day's Gap Fest planned

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 6/29/17

OAKMAN — The Town of Oakman will be increasing sewer rates in the near future.

Over the past several months, Oakman Town Council members have discussed that sewer rate hikes would be forthcoming, due to sewer rates not steadily being increased …

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Oakman sewer rates to increase; Day's Gap Fest planned

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OAKMAN — The Town of Oakman will be increasing sewer rates in the near future.

Over the past several months, Oakman Town Council members have discussed that sewer rate hikes would be forthcoming, due to sewer rates not steadily being increased over the past few years.

A letter with proposed sewer rates has now been sent to the USDA for their review and recommendations on the increase. Robert P. Nelson of Nelson Engineering Associates collected data to submit the letter of intent to increase rates.

“The sewer rate increase is something that we have to present to the USDA, because they are over the loans and things that we have gotten over the years to manage our sewage,” Oakman Mayor Cory Franks said. “We are behind, as far as our sewer rates, compared to sewer rates in the surrounding area, due to a lack of increase in sewer rates over a long period of time. We’re trying to get our sewer rates where they need to be, so we can better serve the people in the community by maintaining the sewer.”

The proposed residential rate increase is $1.40 each month for the first 3,000 gallons used. The current rate is $17.80 per month, and the new rate would be $19.20. Commercial rates for the first 4,000 gallons would increase by $4.55. Based on average usage by the town’s 228 customers, Nelson estimated residents would see a $2.00 increase in their monthly bill.

“Although the new rates represent a 9 percent increase, the town’s sewer rates remain very favorable compared to other systems,” Nelson said in the letter.

Once the USDA has reviewed the proposal, rates may change accordingly.

Oakman announces Day’s Gap Fest

After months of planning, the town of Oakman has announced the inception of an annual event that will celebrate the town’s heritage.

Oakman Mayor Cory Franks said the town will hold Day’s Gap Fest this October.

“We held a meeting for people in the community to come down so we could plan a day for our town to come together and enjoy each other, and give people in surrounding communities the opportunity to come down and fellowship with us as we celebrate our town’s history,” Franks said.

A community member suggested to name the event Day’s Gap Fest, in honor of the town’s original name, Day’s Gap. The town was named Oakman in 1894, according to the Encyclopedia of Alabama.

The event will be held Friday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 14, and feature many vendors, kids activities, food and entertainment.

Anyone interested in participating in Day’s Gap Fest should call Town Clerk Lisa Lockhart at (205) 622-3232.