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Trustees pass water meter law, award contracts

The only other resident to speak was Paul Knapp of Jenkins Street. He was opposed to the law, noting first-and-foremost the intrusion onto private property by the village.

"A lot of questions come up with this meter," Knapp said. "You want to pass a local law that says you can cut into my water line that I'm responsible for. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's always been that you maintain from the curb-stop on the meter all the way to your house. And now, part of what I've owned and maintained for 34 years, you want to cut into and insert a meter that you now own and I have no responsibility for."

Another issue that sparked some debate among trustees was the issue of homeowners who traditionally leave their water running during winter months to keep pipes from freezing.

In some cases, residents who winter in the south will leave a faucet running for several months.

Following public hearing, the board passed the local law and passed two subsequent bills for purchase and installation of the water meters.

The first bill authorized the village to purchase meters from E.J. Prescott Inc. at a cost of $387,873. In a previous meeting, the board opted to take the advice of Barton & Loguidice - the village's engineering consultant - and go with Prescott's bid for 2,300 new meters.

All trustees were in favor of the bill except Branch.

The final bill on the evening's docket was for meter installation. Trustees moved to authorize a contract with Troupe Water Services LLC at a cost of $491,432. Branch was opposed, as was John McEneany, who said he couldn't vote for installation until a few more details were hammered out.

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