SALINEVILLE-The Board of Public Affairs announced Monday night 35 sewage customers will have their water shut off next month because they failed to pay their bills.
Six more customers suspected of turning their water back on after having it shut off by the village for not paying their sewage bills could face charges for tampering with a public utility.
The BPA has been working for over a year now to collect about $50,000 in outstanding sewage bills owed to the village. Board members expressed mild shock at the number of village residents still faced with shut-offs.
"Just when we think we're caught up and get down to nine (delinquent) customers, here's 30 more," said BPA President Jim Brammer.
Customers must fail to make payment on at least two monthly billing cycles before the board acts to shut off their water, according to BPA members.
Board members motioned to approve bills and shut-off notices to be sent out November 5. Sewage customers have 14 days after receiving a shut-off notice to pay their bill or arrange for a payment plan through the hearings officer.
Board members approved five payment plans for customers who had arranged to make payments on their delinquent bill. While the majority of customers slated to be shut off in November are residents who recently fell behind on their sewage payments, a handful are customers who have had their water shut off since June for failing to pay on their bill. Those customers who have their water turned off then turned back on after paying their bill are fined $25 to have it turned off and $25 again to have it turned back on.
During the meeting, board members were made aware of six customers who have already had their water shut off for failing to pay their sewage bill but appear to still be using water based on meter readings from Buckeye Water District.
Board members say once they determine why the shut off customer's water meter readings show usage, they will pursue legal action against those who have tampered with their meters in order to turn their water back on.
Board members also announced Sewer Clerk Kayla Taggert will no longer make adjustments for customers with water leaks unless the leakage is verified by Buckeye Water District.