JUST IN: Howard City Village Council starts over with overdue water bills

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 8:29 pm on Monday, October 19, 2015

HOWARD CITY — This village has $3,800 worth of overdue water bills from residents dating back to 2011.

Howard City Village President Randy Heckman updated the village council about the situation during tonight’s regular monthly meeting.

All council members were in attendance, including Tesha Gould, Jason Hacko, Jeff Rosenberger, Eleanor Marek, Cheryl Smith and Janice Williams.

“There is a substantial amount of past due water bills that were overlooked, not worried about, not pursued, kind of let go,” Heckman told the council.

Council members discussed whether to pursue the overdue bills.

“We could send out letters saying hey, you’ve missed this, just FYI, would you like to catch up? I think it might be a losing battle,” Rosenberger observed.

In the end, the council unanimously voted not to pursue the overdue water bills from 2011 to 2014 — noting some of those residents may have moved in the past several years — and start fresh with bills from 2015. Village officials also will work to create a system to alert officials about long overdue bills before years of inaction go by.

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