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North Baltimore revises water bill relief plan

By ERIC SCHAADT
Staff Writer
NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore Council on Thursday revised a plan to provide relief to water customers who expect high bills after letting their faucets drip to avoid waterline freezes.
Last week, Village Council agreed to charge all customers receiving their February 2014 water bills at the level of their February 2013 billing, if last year’s number was lower.
During cold snaps, municipal workers told some water customers to let water drip from faucets to help prevent waterlines from freezing between water meters and street waterlines.
But the billing policy was revised Thursday in a special council session to discuss the issue.
Under the revised plan, only customers who were actually told by village employees to let faucets drip can receive the water bill break, according to Mayor Mike Julien.
The initial policy was “somewhat ambiguous,” Julien said.
The original intent, according to village officials, was not to have all water customers keep their water running.
About 30 water customers will be eligible for the billing relief, according to Mayor Julien.
February’s water bills were being prepared Thursday to be sent out.
North Baltimore has about 1,200 water customers, according to village officials.
Any resident with questions about their water bills should contact the municipal building at 419-257-2394 during business hours.
Schaadt: 419-427-8414
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