Lakemore officials seek to raise reconnection fees to water supply. The $20 reconnection fee has been in place since 1991 and is now costing the village more for the time it takes to reconnect residents to the system once the bills are paid.
Reconnecting to the village water supply is going to cost you.
Connections to the water supply have become an issue for Lakemore, so council addressed it during a public hearing April 1.
“We have a lot of people that wait too long to pay their last bill and, unfortunately, we have to shut them off,” Councilman Tom Wolfe said.
The $20 reconnection fee has been in place since 1991 and is now costing the village more for the time it takes to reconnect residents to the system once the bills are paid.
“The current fee does not seem to be much of a deterrent for people to pay the bill until they absolutely have to,” Wolfe said.
The village, in fiscal emergency, has minimal staffing in the Department of Public Services and can’t routinely reconnect residents’ water supplies.
“We don’t take any pleasure in shutting off anyone’s water,” Wolfe said. “Hopefully, (raising the fee) will help.”
“It comes down to where a person has not made arrangements to pay, now it is an expense for us to turn the water off and back on,” Mayor Rick Justice said. “We are just making sure we are covering our expenses.”
In the ordinance the amount of time allowed for the water to be turned back on was stated to be 72 hours.
“It has to be understood that we are not going to drop what we are doing to turn it back on,” Wolfe said. “If we are working on the roads or a water main breaks those are things that have to be done.”
Councilman Chad Lance said sometimes repairs are needed to a box or meter, which adds numerous hours.
“We are at our limit just to turn it off and back on,” he said.
The public hearing was adjourned and the ordinance was passed at the regular meeting that followed.
In other business Monday council:
• Agreed to allow the mayor to enter into a contract with the Summit County Combined General Health District to provide regulation and/or services for the monitoring of storm water pollution and/or enforcement of regulation prohibiting illicit discharges to the municipal separate storm sewer systems of the community.
• Authorized the mayor to enter into an agreement with Roetzel & Andress for assisting the Village with a proposal assessment project and debt issuance for the village for roadway improvements for the Hidden Lakes subdivision.
• Approved a resolution to authorize the mayor to enter into a lease with the City and County financial Corp or a purchase agreement with Leader Machinery company Ltd. for a 2002 Duraco Durapatcher for the total amount of $25,000. The village has been looking for a Durapatcher for about five years.
Page 2 of 2 - “The big topic this spring will be the condition of the roads,” Justice said. “This will basically help the village save the roads.”
The Durapatcher is a very economical way to patch the roads.
“It can do patching where conventional methods don’t work very well,” Justice said. “It saves on labor and material expenses.”
Justice said a new the Durapatcher runs $65,000 and there are not a lot of used ones available. It is a low hour machine and in good condition.
Council did approve the purchase however they are required to bring it before the state fiscal emergency commission for approval.
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• Councilwoman Anne Snyder thanked everyone for their participation in the annual Easter egg hunt. She said Giant Eagle and Wal-Mart helped with donations as well as council members and members of the community. Justice said it was a fun time and everyone enjoyed it.
• Wolfe introduced Angela Snyder who will be employed by the local cable board to help channel 15.
“She does a fantastic job and will be our first employee,” he said.
n Bill Roemer, Summit County At-Large representative spoke at the meeting saying he attends community meetings from time to time. He said he likes to be there if anyone has questions for him. It is also is beneficial for him to learn more about each community.
Council will meet, 7 p.m. April 15 at the Municipal meeting, 1400 Main Street.