A second Fairview City water bill caught several local residents off guard last week, but Fairview City Manager Shirley Forehand assures the change in the water/sewer billing cycle was necessary.
With the upcoming consolidation of the Fairview water/sewer system with the Water Authority of Dickson County (WADC), Forehand
confirmed the City of Fairview had to fall in line with WADC's billing cycles.
"Water meters were previously read from the 28th of the month thru the first week of the following month," Forehand
With the utility transfer to WADC
, water meters will be read at different times, still near the end of the month.Forehand
admits water customers did receive two bills, "The second bill in September was for approximately 16 days.Yes, they pay for water used; however, if under 2,000 gallons, they will pay a minimum bill."
As for the second bill and its minimum charge raising additional revenue for the City - or possibly WADC, Forehand
remarked, "Revenues will be used to repair lines, extend lines, maintain and make repairs to the water and sewer utility systems regardless of the owner.Therefore, I would say that benefits our City."
While utility bills were mailed out the end of August with penalty date, September 12, Forehand
confirmed "there will be no cut-off on the 21st of September."She
continued, "Another bill was mailed the 20th of September to put the customers on the WADC's third billing cycle.That bill will carry a penalty date of October 5th with disconnection scheduled for October 15th or the closest working day."
Other than the minimum bill issue for September - the minimum bill including taxes on water is $37.57 - Forehand
foresees a smooth transition for Fairview utility customers.
"We feel that this transition will occur without any notable problems.We are confident that this transition is the best answer for Fairview."Forehand
...Please do not hesitate to contact Shirley Forehand, Fairview City Manager, at 615-799-2484, ext. 103 or Sandra Dudley, WADC Executive Director, at 615-441-4188 as you have questions or need assistance during our transition."
We believe this to be the greatest gift the City can give to its citizens and residentsForehand stated.