Stamas: Standish to receive $1.7 M for prison water and sewer costs

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Monday said he is asking for Standish families and businesses to see relief from significant water rate increases resulting from the 2009 closure of Standish Maximum Correctional Facility.

“The state closed the Standish prison back in 2009 as part of an effort to reduce costs, and we owe it to the local community to help them adjust to the loss of such a large part of their water and sewer revenue,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “My hope is that the city will re-evaluate the water rate increase and take into consideration the long-term asset management of the water system.”

Stamas and Rep. Jason Wentworth, R-Clare, have worked with state to help offset some of the cost. The city of Standish will receive $1.7 million from the state for water and sewer system improvements. The funds are included in the recently signed state budget.

Standish water customers have seen their monthly ready-to-serve costs increase $9.28 to $19.95 and have their water usage rates increase $1.10 to $8.25 per thousand gallons used.

“I want to thank Representative Jason Wentworth, Standish City Manager Jerry Nelson, Mayor Ray Koroleski and former Mayor Mark Winslow for their commitment to finding a way to help offset the cost to the city residents of the prison closure,” Stamas said. “I look forward to working with local officials on a long-term asset management plan that provides vital water services to Standish families in a manner that is affordable and sustainable.”