The City of Huntingburg has revised its Municipal Code regarding the disconnection of Utility Services due to delinquent utility accounts.
City Attorney Phil Schneider told the Huntingburg City Council Thursday night that an adjustment was needed to the Code because recent litigation in Crothersville found that the City was negligent in shutting off the utilities of a delinquent customer because they were not properly notified of the procedures.
After explaining that the modification will establish better communication with delinquent customers and an added extension of a repayment option, the Council passed the ordinance, which modifies the Code.
Now, when a customer is delinquent on their utility payments, they can appeal to the City of Huntingburg Utilities Board to extend the time needed to repay the past due amounts and avoid disconnection by the utility department. Schneider says that the timeline to work with the customer is 90 days.
The clarification also means that the guidelines for disconnection of customers are clearer and more defined.
After the meeting, Mayor Spinner commented on the action:
The Council passed the ordinance unanimously.
Also in the meeting last night, City Treasurer Tom Dippel asked the Council to pass advertising for the budget for next year. The rate being advertised is $1.5771 per $100 of assessed value. The Council passed the request.
Dippel also announced the budget hearing date, which is set for Tuesday, September 24th at 7 pm and budget adoption date for Thursday, October 10th, also at 7 pm.
Water Utility Superintendent Tony Traylor reported on the water main break on 231 in Huntingburg that has been repaired.
Traylor said during the meeting that the break was a 40 inch split of the main in the 900 block of Main Street and the water that came up from the break weaken the pavement at the street level.
Traylor reports that the main is now fixed, but the lane restriction would remain due to waiting on the fill in the trench to set. He says that it should be open later Friday to full use of traffic.