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home : news : news Thursday, February 26, 2015

10/26/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Low Moor council considers change to utility billing ordinance
A proposed revision to Low Moor's utility billing ordinance would allow landlords to temporarily shut off water at vacant properties for a $100 fee.

The council is looking at the ordinance revision at the request of property owner Winston Rock, who has complained about being charged minimum fees for water service at unoccupied rental units.

Currently, property owners are assessed a minimum charge of $37 per quarter to maintain water service.

The proposed revision would allow property owners to request a temporary discontinuation of water service when the property is expected to be vacant for more than 32 days.

The owner would be charged $100 to shut off the water at the curb valve and an additional $100 to restore service, but no minimum service charge will be assessed during the vacancy.

The same rates and requirements would apply in the case of a multi-unit property that has only one curb valve for all units but has individual shut offs inside the building.

The council reviewed the proposal at its Oct. 1 meeting and scheduled a public hearing on the ordinance revision for 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, at the Low Moor Community Center.

The council typically holds its meetings on the first Tuesday of the month, but the November meeting was moved because city elections will be held on that date.

Other business

In other business, the council:

•Approved a payment of $38,820.49 to G.L. Stockham and Son for work completed on the city hall building through Sept. 23.

•Approved a payment of $4,350 to Midwest Utility Trenching for trenching water and sewer lines to the new maintenance garage.

•Approved a payment of $6,065 to Modern Plumbing for supplies and services to complete the utility trenching.

•Approved a contribution of $100 to the Low Moor Field Days Committee for the children's Halloween party.

•Tabled action on purchasing a flag display to replace Christmas lights due to the cost. The Christmas lights are being removed after the council determined it was too expensive to replace old electrical infrastructure that malfunctioned.

•Tabled discussion of replacing the locks at the community center due to the absence of councilman Elliot Farro.

•Discussed vandalism and inapporiate activity at the city parks and directed Roode to contact Alliant Energy regarding repair or replacement of non-functioning street lights around the parks.


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