EAST LIVERPOOL - A representative of the city Landlords Association asked the Board of Public Utilities Thursday to consider changing the way rental properties are billed for water service.
Saying landlords have been meeting to "see what we can do to improve the rental situation," Jim Salvatore said he had met with utilities Director Bob Disch about the existing billing system that often leaves landlords responsible for hundreds of dollars worth of unpaid bills when tenants move out without paying them.
He said perhaps tenants could also be involved in a dialogue between the BPU and Landlord Association, saying, "It has become a problem. It's one of the main concerns of dozens of members."
Board member Fred Rayl said the board would be "glad to take a look at it," but pointed out that a security deposit assessed tenants usually covers such unpaid costs.
Salvatore, however, said the bills "usually go beyond the deposit."
Member Sarah Davis pointed out the board is "locked in" to the current billing system by a consent decree set down by a federal judge in 1990, saying after the meeting, "The decree was made in favor of tenants, not the city."
In other matters, Disch discussed the need for a mixer on the water tank that will cost about $43,000 which he said would mix older water into the newer water, asking the board to consider the request, with no action taken.
Sewage Superintendent Bob Wright reported the Environmental Protection Agency had inspected the waste water treatment plant, with a report expected in a month or so.
Disch also reported on a number of issues, saying the new backhoe has been ordered and should be delivered in October; the new server has been installed in the water office and is being hooked up; work will begin on the force main and two water lines next week and repayment of a loan in June will provide funding for the payment.
A request by businessman Al Fricano to consider a change in the water meter policy was tabled until the next meeting at his request because he was unable to attend this week's meeting.