Dyer adding hearing to water service cutoff policies

2013-09-03T00:10:00Z 2013-09-03T00:10:04Z Dyer adding hearing to water service cutoff policiesMary Wilds Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 03, 2013 12:10 am  • 

DYER | The town is modeling an ordinance on how residents' water service is discontinued on ordinances passed by other towns.

The town is changing its procedures in response to a lawsuit elsewhere in the state, Town Attorney Bill Enslen said.

That community was sued about a due process hearing, and the council is adjusting the town ordinance so such hearings will be available in Dyer.

Clerk-Treasurer Pat Hawrot objected to a portion of the ordinance which calls for testimony from the clerk-treasurer’s office.

“I don’t want (myself) or anyone else in my office” giving testimony in a hearing that may result in a resident’s water being shut off, she said.

Testimony of some sort will have to be provided by the clerk-treasurer’s office during the course of a hearing, Enslen said. Town residents pay their water bills through the clerk-treasurer’s office.

Munster’s ordinance provides for a hearing process, and last year the town was involved in one hearing.

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