Village of Frankfort water customers may soon have a new incentive to pay their bills on time.
Superintendent Ron Vivacqua reported at last week’s meeting of the village board that he plans to purchase a couple of new water meters designed to help deal with delinquent customers. This meter would shut off water service to the house at which it is placed electronically if the customer fails to pay his bill on time.
Vivacqua said the meters will cost $325 each and purchasing a pair will give him an opportunity to try them out and see how well they work. If they are effective he would plan to obtain more of them to use in problem areas.
“It’s a small cost compared to what is owed the water department,” he said.
The village board executed the new water agreement with the town of Frankfort.
The village supplies water to the part of the town outside the village known as the Reservoir Area as well as to customers in the Seventh and Eighth Avenue, Litchfield Road and LiBritz Drive area.
The town council voted to approve the new agreement earlier this month. While the water rates themselves will not increase, the surcharge will be raised from 50 percent to 75 percent and that will amount to about a 17 percent increase in customers’ bills, according to Frankfort Town Supervisor Joseph Kinney. The new contract is effective from Jan. 1, 2013, through December 2027.
Vivacqua reported there is a parking issue on Sixth Avenue in the village. He said students from the high school are parking on both sides of the street during the school day, making it difficult to drive a car down the street, let alone a plow or an emergency truck. There is a similar problem on Fifth Avenue.
“This is a safety issue,” said Vivacqua.
Village Clerk Karlee Tamburro said there is now assigned parking in the school parking lot and many students are parking wherever they can.
“I can’t get out of my driveway,” said Trustee Mark Harris.
Mayor Frank Moracco asked Vivacqua to get together with Police Chief Ronald Petrie and meet with School Superintendent Robert Reina to resolve the issue.
“If he can’t do anything, we’ll have to look at changing the local law,” he said.
Tamburro reported prisoners from the Department of Corrections will be back at the end of the month to do more work at the village hall. They had already done some remodeling, finishing and painting there. This time they will be doing some more painting and working on the floors.