GLENWOOD | Customers who do not pay their water bills on time will incur a flat late fee of $35 beginning in May.
Prior to Glenwood's Village Board's approval last week to implement the new fee, residential customers had been charged a late fee equal to 10 percent of their bills.
For commercial customers, the late fee was $25 plus 1 percent of their balance.
Finance Director Linda Brunette estimated with the former 10 percent penalty, the typical residential customer had paid a late fee of about $10 to $12.
Village President Kerry Durkin said the intent of the new fee is to encourage people to pay bills in a timely manner as to not create "a cash flow issue" for the village.
Durkin said a high percentage of customers have historically paid their water bills late.
"The same people every two months pay the late fee because it's so little," he said.
Patrick McAneney, public works director, said the flat $35 fee may not only spur on-time payments, but will also make late fee computations less complicated.
With Trustee Tony Plott absent, the Village Board approved the new fee unanimously.
The decision regarding the flat fee comes on the heels of the board's approval last month to increase the reconnect fee associated with water shut offs from $75 to $100.
In other village news, Glenwood park programs will host an Easter egg hunt from noon to 3 p.m. April 19 at Callahan-Strand Park. Children ages 1 to 12 are invited to participate and should bring their own baskets. Call (708) 757-2318 for more information.