July 19 2017

Selectmen Approve Water Meter Replacement Fee for Off-Hour Work

By: Rich Hosford

If you need to have a water meter replaced but cannot make time to meet a Department of Public Works employee during business hours you can now get service during off-hours, for a fee.

On Monday night the Board of Selectmen approved a request from DPW Director Jon Sanchez to set up a fee structure for off-hour work at homes and businesses for water meter replacements.

The fee would be limited to a high of $250 and would go towards paying the overtime wages of the employees doing the work. It will only be charged to residents and businesses looking for work off-hours. Sanchez said he needed the approval from the board to get the fee structure made official.

“I Needed it in the books,” he said. “I can’t charge something if we don’t have it in the books. I Can’t make up my own fees.”

He said that though it is technically termed a “fee” it’s actually a service that was previously unavailable. Some people and businesses can’t miss work to meet workers coming to their homes during regular business hours and now they can schedule a meter replacement for odd-times.

“Sometimes people say they can’t be there during the day and I’d like to be able to say that if you want a Saturday, you can, but you have to pay for it,” he said.

This is not an issue that will come up often for most people. Sanchez said that at normal water use a meter should last up to 10 years. However, some people use enough water to wear out their meters in three to five years.


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