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New version of utility bills coming next year

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Be on the lookout for a new version of your utility bill after the first of the year. That means that your water and sewer bill will soon have a different look sometime in the early part of the new year.

The Village has contracted with a company called Third Millennium Associates, Inc. to print and mail out utility bills to residents. The process will no longer be done at Village Hall; however, based on a recent vote by trustees, the billing will remain monthly as opposed to bi-monthly as had been determined on a previous occasion.

At the Dec. 7 board meeting, Ordinance No. 960, an ordinance to amend the village’s code of ordinances regarding utility bill and collections was part of the New Business portion of the evening’s agenda.

Village Administrator David Strohl told trustees that a changeover to a bi-monthly billing cycle would be a “significant disruption to residents.” Strohl recommended that billing be done monthly.

Trustee Bob Gruenewald pointed out that the idea to move to billing every other month was to save about $14,000 annually.

Trustee Steve Hubbard said he wasn’t convinced that the $14,000 figure was accurate.

“I was never in favor of bi-monthly (billing),” Hubbard said. “I think it’s too much of a change. I agree with the administrator.”

Hubbard made the motion, which was seconded by Trustee Jim Peck.

Gruenewald was joined by Trustee Kerstin Trachtenberg as the two No votes. Ordinance No. 960 passed.

New are some increases to late-payment fees and reconnections charges, but if you would like more information or have any questions about this or any other matter related to the village, please call Village Hall at 877-9445.

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