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.