Plymouth, Mich. August 2, 2016— On April 4th, Metro Consulting Associates, LLC (MCA), a full service consulting firm headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, was appointed director of the City of Highland Park’s Water Department under the direction of Damon L. Garrett, PE, Vice President and Director of Operations at Metro Consulting Associates. MCA was initially hired to prepare stormwater exhibits and create a stormwater ordinance. Through that work, the firm was appointed Water Director. The role will aid in restoring the water treatment plant to a functional facility, reduce debt and promote the revitalization of the City.
“Great things are happening in Highland Park and MCA is pleased to be able to share our experience and resources to support the water department,” said Garrett. “Our team shares the City of Highland Park’s commitment to improving the quality of water and sewer services for residents and property owners.”

In July, customers began receiving a new full page billing statement that contains an additional line item for stormwater/drainage charges. New accurate meters have been installed to ensure the accuracy of billing units for water usage. The sewer charges on the new billing statement will now be split into two components: a sewer charge and a drainage charge. The sewer charge will now be based on the water usage from the meter. The stormwater/drainage charge will account for the runoff that will enter the sewer system. This charge for residential customers is a flat fee based on the meter size for the property. For commercial industrial customers, the drainage charge will be based on parcel size. Customers who do not currently have water or sewer service will now receive a billing statement for the stormwater/drainage charge.

The MCA staff has been working for several weeks to answer questions and hold informational meetings for residents and businesses in Highland Park. Customers with additional questions or concerns are asked to contact the City of Highland Park at 313-865-1876 Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and Friday between the hours of 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Founded in 2009, MCA provides a wide variety of consulting services including land surveying, civil engineering, ecological, land acquisition, GIS, landscape planning/architecture and municipal. MCA was recently listed on the national Zweig Group Top 100 Hot Firm List which ranks design and construction firms.

For more information, call 800-525-6016 or visit www.metroca.net.