Lake Saint Louis residents will see a fee increase in a water line insurance program that helps pay for broken or leaking service lines.
The city’s Board of Aldermen approved a bill at its Aug. 20 meeting raising the fee to $6 annually from $3 annually. The fee allows residents to file a claim for reimbursement for repairs or replacement of private water service lines from their home’s exterior foundation wall to the public main. The insurance can cover expenses for street, sidewalk and driveway replacement associated with repairs and sod for yard repair.
Single-family homes, duplexes, villas, condominiums and multi-family dwellings with four units or less are covered. Funds are distributed annually on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted. Unfunded projects can be placed on a waiting list for the next year. The program provides a maximum of $3,000 per household, with higher charges being the homeowner’s responsibility.
“We’ve had so many claims that the reserves we built up after the first year were being depleted,” City Administrator Paul Markworth said.
City staff recommended the increase during budget discussions.