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September 25, 2012

Sewer charges, projects hot topics

Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — Resident Kenneth Martin made a repeat appearance at the town’s board meeting Tuesday evening to dispute the town’s sewer billing practices after receiving a high bill this summer. 

Martin took issue Tuesday with Director of Water Resources Ken Maving’s cost estimation of individual irrigation meters that he provided during a presentation at the board’s meeting Sept. 12. 

Martin believes the meters would reduce his bill. 

But according to Maving, the cost for the meters would be about $500. 

“I got an estimate from Frank’s plumbing, which said the installation would be $225 and the meter $134 for a total of $359,” Martin said. “The only thing that doesn’t include is the town’s permit.”

But Maving said the estimation was missing more than just the permit.

“What he is forgetting about is a second outside meter reader which is a cost to the resident,” Maving said. “And the cost of an airbreak to protect the town’s distribution system from getting water from your lawn that is contaminated with fertilizer and pesticide. That’s how we got to the $500 figure.”

Town councilman Joe Emminger told Martin the board is still considering the possibility of allowing the individual sewer meters. 

“We meet Monday and we are hoping we can make a decision as to what way we are leaning toward,” Emminger said. “We have to meet with the building department, but we haven’t forgotten about you and the other residents.”

Maving also offered updates for the public and board on two ongoing sewer projects.

Maving said phase two of the Parker-Fries project is going well and the contractors are on schedule.

“They are moving pretty quick,” Maving said. “The soil conditions are good for them.” 

Construction, which began in August, is currently taking place on Fries Road between Koenig and Green Acres, but by the end of next week, crews should reach Glenalby Road. 

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