Fixing zero use water bill miscue, Chesterton residents told

2013-09-09T20:59:00Z 2013-09-09T23:14:05Z Fixing zero use water bill miscue, Chesterton residents toldHeather Augustyn Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 09, 2013 8:59 pm  • 

CHESTERTON | Utility Superintendent Terry Atherton said he will be meeting with representatives at Indiana American Water meeting either this week or next to resolve billing issues that left hundreds of residents with zero consumption.

He said that most of the errors have been identified and have been fixed, although some 50 bills had to be estimated.

“Everybody will see consumption on their bills,” Atherton told Town Council members at Monday night's meeting.

The snafu was caused by Indiana American Water’s new automated meter reading system not properly pinging when meter readers drove by to register the consumption.

Council members also heard from other department heads during Monday night’s meeting on ongoing projects including street closures, the Ind. 49 corridor project and utility work

CSX closed three railroad crossings in town with short notice, said Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg, which caused a few complaints from residents over the lack of communication.

“We were notified on Friday, just before the holiday weekend, for closings on Tuesday. Three were closed until this past Saturday morning,” Schnadenberg said.

He also said that 23rd Street will be closing on Tuesday from Idaho to Dakota for sewer line installation.

Schnadenberg said salt bids came in at $48.84 a ton for Cargill, less than last year and significantly less than two years ago when it was more than $60 a ton.

Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that electric to the lift station for the Ind. 49 corridor project has been stalled by a few days and he is working with the town manager to move forward and doesn’t anticipate any issues.

Town Manager Bernie Doyle said that the town has welcomed a used bookstore. The Chicago-based O’Gara & Wilson Booksellers is now open at 223 Broadway.

In other business, council member Jim Ton reported the town surplus auction will start viewing at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 with the auction at 7 at Town Hall.

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