Letters: Unfair sewer fees cause for much concern

Friday, January 28, 2011

To the Editor:

I am writing concerning the sewer rates charged by the Lewisburg Water and Wastewater Department to individuals who are not hooked on to the sewer system.

I am not hooked on to the sewer, but I am charged a sewer fee each month. In speaking with my neighbors, who are not connected to the sewer, I have discovered that we are being charged varying rates for the sewer fee each month. Pursuant to state law, "just and equitable rates and charges for the use of and the service rendered by the waterworks or sewerage system, are to be paid by the beneficiary of the service." The Water and Wastewater Department is in violation of this law. In addition, the Water Department is in violation of our due process right to fair and equal treatment in charging varying sewer rates to individuals who are not hooked on to the sewer system.

Currently, the Water Department is in possession of thousands of dollars of overpayments, and they continue to collect these overpayments as well as being in violation of a state law and denying the citizens of Lewisburg their right to due process.

It is time for the City Council to act and demand compliance with state law by the Water Department, as well a refund to all citizens who have been overcharged.

Brenda Davis


To the Editor:

To the best of my memory as to the discussion in the Water Board meeting on Aug. 19 it implied that if they did it for one, they would have to do it for all in a similar situation.

The water department manager's opinion saying, that he did not think there were that many in those similar situations, even though he did not know just how many there were, did agree it seem an unfair charge, but it would take the Lewisburg City Council to change the rates, he nor the Water Board could change the rates, the Sewer Ordinances did not allow that.

Those Aug. 19 Water Board minutes state, "After some discussion among the Board, Gary Bolling moved and Billy Hill seconded to let the City Council review the Sewer Use Ordinance, concerning sewer-use fees. Motion passed. Voice vote - three ayes."

To the best of my memory, in the September 2010 Water Board meeting, Minor Linley was told his sewer bill would be reduced the same as mine.

Anyone who has an opinion on this issue, contact Lewisburg City Council persons, or come to the Feb. 8 City Council meeting at Lewisburg City Hall.

Bob Lowe