Chesterton Town Council addresses water bill snafu

2013-08-26T21:15:00Z 2013-08-26T22:20:20Z Chesterton Town Council addresses water bill snafuHeather Augustyn Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 26, 2013 9:15 pm  • 

CHESTERTON | In closing comments during Monday night’s Town Council meeting, Councilwoman Sharon Darnell encouraged residents to be patient with their Indiana American Water bills. 

“It is not a problem we’ve caused,” she said.

Darnell was referring to the recent discovery that Indiana American’s new system of reading water meters by driving by with a digital device is faulty.

“Indiana American Water put a new system in place to do meter reads. But some of the meters are not registering, not pinging, and therefore we don’t have consumption numbers and we can’t bill these people,” Darnell said after the meeting.

She said hundreds of customers won't be billed for water use during the past month, but they will be charged double during the next billing cycle.

The exact number of customers affected by the mistake is not yet known, she said.

“Indiana American Water needs to get this fixed right before the next billing cycle. It also means lost revenue for the town,” she said.

In other business, Councilman Jim Ton gave a report on NIRPC, on which he serves as member of the executive board. He said the group may announce the location of its headquarters Thursday.

“I think NIRPC represents Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties and we should be located centrally. Mayor (James) Snyder has made us feel welcome in Portage and I think we should stay there,” he said.

Paving projects have begun jointly with the town of Porter, said Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg, and officials anticipate all paving projects will be complete by Thursday with sidewalk repair projects to follow.

Local resident Paul Tharp told the Town Council the handicapped parking and accessibility at the Chesterton KFC is not up to ADA compliance and is causing difficulties.

He said he has repeatedly called the franchise owner, Carlisle Restaurants, to complain and was assured it would be taken care of but no action has been taken.

Fire Chief Mike Orlich said the code enforcer will look into the matter.

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