GRIFFITH | It may soon cost homeowners an extra $25 a month on their utility bills if they fail to get free new water meters.
The town is urging residents who have not yet complied to set appointments to switch to the new meters, which are read automatically as town employees drive down the street.
The council on Tuesday held a first reading on a new ordinance that would charge the fee each month until a homeowner replaces the old meter.
"The new meters are free of charge," Clerk-Treasurer George Jerome said.
The ordinance also includes minimal rate increases on various water services, said Council Vice President Rick Ryfa, R-3rd.
The council also had a first reading on another ordinance that would extend the three-month summer water rate reduction for an extra month.
In other business, the council said it will comply with the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act.
The council approved a resolution saying it will not make individual town officials personally liable for paying any fines, penalties or taxes that could arise from accidental violations of the act.
"It's a fail-safe (action)," Jerome said.
Ryfa said the town will be forced to reduce the hours of some part-time town employees to keep them under the 30-hour cutoff established by the new health care law.
There currently are several part-time employees who occasionally work up to 34 hours in a week.