KEYSER - The ongoing dispute between the City of Keyser and the New Creek Public Service District is on the agenda again for the Keyser City Council Wednesday.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The ongoing dispute between the City of Keyser and the New Creek Public Service District is on the agenda again for the Keyser City Council Wednesday.
The two entities have been battling back and forth since Keyser installed a flow meter in 2017 to measure the amount of sewage being pumped into Keyser’s treatment plant by the New Creek PSD. New Creek had previously been charged for treatment using a formula based on the amount of water they consume from Keyser, and when the flow meter was placed online, New Creek’s sewage charges jumped significantly.
The City of Keyser said the increase was due to the large amount of infiltration of rainwater and runoff going into New Creek’s sewer lines, and. New Creek has maintained the flowmeter was not accurate nor was it calibrated as required.
The New Creek PSD filed a complaint with the Public Service Commission on Nov. 20, 2018, stating that New Creek cannot afford the sewage charges due to the “inaccurate” readings of the flowmeter.
A technical analyst for the PSC investigated New Creek’s claims, and on Feb. 15, 2019, the Public Service Commission recommended dismissing the case, stating that the analyst saw “no indication that the district’s flows were over measured.“
The ruling went on to state that the analyst “recommends no adjustment to the district’s bill ... and also recommends continued billing based upon measured sewage flow.“
The City of Keyser then filed a complaint with the PSC, asking that New Creek be ordered to pay the overdue amount owed Keyser for sewage treatment.
Since that time, two public hearings have been scheduled and subsequently cancelled when attorneys representing the two entities seemed close to reaching a settlement.
The most recent hearing was scheduled for Oct. 15.
The item on Wednesday’s agenda states “New Creek PSC agreement.”
Other items on the agenda include the Minco Music Heritage Festival, dates for the November and December council meetings, incentive pay, and December parking.
The meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall.