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Hancock water customers have six months to catch up

July 10, 2003|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council on Wednesday issued an ultimatum to water customers with delinquent bills: Get caught up within the next six months or face water shutoff.

Councilman Randy Pittman came up with idea of giving water customers with past due bills six months to make their bills current.

If they're not caught up by January 2004, their water will be turned off on the shutoff date listed on their bills.

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The council approved the proposal after town residents complained at two earlier meetings about the unpaid accounts.

Pittman said that as of June 24, the town had 51 past due water accounts from residents and businesses totaling $20,343.

"If you're late and you don't pay your bill, you will be shut off," Pittman said. "You have from now until the end of the year to get caught up."

"At some point you got to do something," Pittman said.

Councilman David Smith said the Town Council's action might not be popular, but that it was the right thing to do.

Pittman suggested that the town send letters to all of its water customers each month for the next six months informing them of the Town Council's decision.

He said the frequent letters will prevent some customers from claiming they hadn't heard about the action.

"We've given what the people want," Pittman said. "The citizens have shown up here the last two meetings and asked to have something done."

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