MANLIUS – The Manlius Village Board approved changes to four water service fees stated in the village water ordinance.
The recommendations for changes were discussed during a special meeting held by the board in June.
At the special meeting, village board members Dawn Reglin and Darrell Anderson met with village clerk Lori Roush, village President Rob Hewitt and water billing clerk Susan Marie Elmendorf to discuss changes to fees they believed to be unfair or needed to be reworded to better accommodate residents and the village.
The first change approved on Tuesday was to remove the $25 water service charge to residents who don’t use the service, whether they are living within the home or not.
Hewitt confirmed residents would continue to be charged $14.50 per month for the debt service of the sewer loan. Hewitt reassured residents will have to give notice to Elmendorf if they wish to have the water service turned off at a residence to avoid the $25 fee.
A second change approved was to the current $5 water bill late charge, which before doubled each month the bill was unpaid. The fee will now be a flat rate of $10 per month for a late payment.
The third change approved was to lower the fee to have a name changed on the water bill account from $50 to $25.
Hewitt said the fee doesn’t affect households where one spouse leaves or dies and has to have the account switched to another name.
The fourth change deals with the $100 water service fee the village currently charges new tenants to have their water turned on.
The board members decided to add minor changes to the ordinance language. Those changes are for tenants who move into the village who will continue to be charged $100, and when they decide to terminate their water service and if their water bill is paid up, then the village will refund the tenant their $100.
The village board discussed sending village residents a letter that included changes to the ordinance, so everyone can be updated on the new fees.
Still having issues with water meters
On Tuesday, the board also heard from village Superintendent Mike Rowland about the delay in installing new water meters in residents’ homes.
Rowland confirmed he had only installed 50 of the 180 residential water meters.
Rowland said he felt many residents were trying to get out of having their new meter installed because of rumors about the new meters adding up higher water bills.
Hewitt said he had tried talking with several village residents to assure them the meters are working as they should and confirmed his own meter was calculating water usage appropriately.
The village board plans to post a notice stating a deadline to have the new meters installed.
Village residents are encouraged to contact Rowland to set up a time to have their meter installed.
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