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Village of Fleischmanns
Workshop
December 1, 2014
The Village of Fleischmanns Board of Trustees held a Workshop meeting on Monday,
December 1, 2014. Present were Mayor Todd Pascarella, Deputy Mayor Benjamin
Fenton, Larry Reilly, Jim Buchan, Carey Wagner, Esq. & John Brust of Delaware
Engineering. Village Trustees Harriet L. Grossman and David Yates were absent.
The Workshop was held to discuss a proposed new water use law as well as changes to
the existing water rate structure. The following items were discussed.
Water Use Law – Carey Wagner, Esq., Todd Pascarella and Larry Reilly provided
suggested edits to the draft local law document. Most of these comments were
administrative in nature or consisted of spelling or content alternatives. Lengthy
discussion about the use of the term “Superintendent” and how and if that term should be
utilized for Fleischmanns.
The most substantive change in the proposed law when compared to the existing law is
that the new law will require that those property owners who are not connected to the
existing municipal water system, and who can connect without having to obtain
easements from neighboring property owners, will be required to pay their proportionate
share of the existing system debt. Based upon our research it would appear that there are
31 property owners that will fall into this category.
We discussed a total of 11 different scenarios for increasing water use revenue.
There was consensus that we need to determine actual water system management and
operations costs prior to advancing any particular scenario to increase water revenue.
Although the Board has an accounting of historical costs there has been much recent
activity to correct system deficiencies and these costs must be captured.
There was a lengthy discussion about the roles of Delaware Operations and Patrick
Davis, CEO, and there was consensus that there needs to be a written protocol and
agreement between all parties related to “approvals” and “inspections.”
Jim Buchan of Delaware Operations will develop a preliminary list of suggested roles
and responsibilities. This schedule will be reviewed by the Board and then discussed
with Patrick Davis, CEO.
There seemed to be a consensus that the charges for removing/reconnect and turn on/turn
off water meters should be increased from $35/$25 to $100/$50 or $100/$100.
The Village is forced to send out numerous notice of late payment requests. The Village
only charges $6.49 for each notice. The suggestion was made to increase this charge to
$25/$30 for each request for payment.
Suggested corrections will be incorporated into the proposed new water use law and then
this document will be circulated for review by the Board again.
There was a consensus that all agreed upon changes to water use rates will be described
within a letter to be sent to all water customers prior to implementation.
Mayor Pascarella left the Workshop meeting at 6:10 p.m.
Adjourn
Motion made by Larry Reilly to adjourn. Motion seconded by Benjamin Fenton-Aye.
Harriet L. Grossman-Absent. David Yates-Absent.

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