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The Telegram
  • New water agreement approved in Frankfort

  • Residents of the town of Frankfort who reside outside the village and receive water from the village of Frankfort will be seeing an increase in their water bill, according to Frankfort Town Supervisor Joseph Kinney.

    The Frankfort Town Council voted unanimously Thursday to approve the new water service agreement with the village of Frankfort, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2013.

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  • Residents of the town of Frankfort who reside outside the village and receive water from the village of Frankfort will be seeing an increase in their water bill, according to Frankfort Town Supervisor Joseph Kinney.
    The Frankfort Town Council voted unanimously Thursday to approve the new water service agreement with the village of Frankfort, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2013.
    Kinney said while the water rates themselves will not increase, the surcharge will be raised from 50 percent to 75 percent. For example, a customer paying a $50 a month for his water would be paying a total of $87.50 with the surcharge. This will amount to about a 17 percent increase in customers’ bills, he added.
    The town supervisor said he was not pleased with the increase, but the town had little choice but to accept the agreement.
    The town had appointed a committee of two council members to negotiate with the village and the two sides discussed the proposed changes.
    There were some changes in wording, according to Frankfort Village Superintendent Ron Vivacqua, to clarify sections of the contract as well as the increase in the surcharge.
    He said negotiating the new contract took more than a year.
    “The biggest factor was the increase in the water charges,” said Kinney.
    The new contract is effective from Jan. 1, 2013, through December 2027, according to Frankfort Village Clerk Karlee Tamburro. There is a clause that allows either the town or the village to ask to renegotiate the agreement with 90 days written notice to the other party.
    Mayor Frank Moracco signed the agreement Friday, Tamburro said, and the original document will go back to the town for a signature.
    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, Kinney said.
    According to the village of Frankfort website, the village has operated its own water company for more than 100 years and currently services more than 1,400 residential and commercial customers. Improvements during the past decade have included two 500,000 gallon water tanks, two new wells and pumping facilities, as well as a distribution upgrade with new, larger water mains and customer services.

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