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Herrings seeks to change utility billing dates

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HERRINGS — Following the swearing-in of Stephen S. Douglas as village trustee and deputy mayor, the village Board of Trustees convened Monday.

The board, along with Denver Druesedow, a member of the Deferiet-Herrings Water Commission, fielded questions from village resident and former village clerk Mona R. Thomas about the joint water project. Mrs. Thomas questioned the $150 quarterly water bill that was enacted last month. The set rate will be in place for five years, after which a metered rate will be charged.

James E. Yuhas, treasurer for the joint water project, said that although the water system is not in place, the funds are needed to front the construction costs of the project.

Mayor Richard A. Beirman pointed out that part of the quarterly payment covers the laterals from the residences to the water main that originally were to be charged to residents.

Mrs. Thomas said the addition of a water bill to the sewer bill instead of having it included in annual taxes was a burden to some residents who are on fixed income. Mr. Druesedow suggested monthly billing or having the two quarterly bills staggered to lessen the burden.

“That would be a lot easier for the residents,” said the mayor, who admitted he also was on a fixed income.

The board agreed to set a public hearing for 6 p.m. June 17 to consider changing the $105 sewer bill to be billed in June, September, December and March and the $150 water bill for July, October, January and April. The public hearing also will seek comment on overriding the 2 percent state tax cap.

In other business, the board set the community picnic for Saturday, June 29, starting at noon at the village park on Route 3. The village will provide meat, rolls and drinks; residents are asked to sign up to bring a dish to pass.

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