Windsor adopts fee schedule

Published 8:46 am Tuesday, February 1, 2011

WINDSOR – The Windsor Board of Commissioners adopted a new fee schedule here last week.

During their reconvened meeting Wednesday morning, the board approved implementing two new fees and raising two additional charges.

“We have been inundated with requests to reread meters,” Windsor Town Administrator Allen Castelloe told the board. “We have one customer that has made the request eight times in the last 12 months.”

Castelloe requested a $25 fee for rereading meters because of the time spent by town staff and the high number of requests. He said many towns already charge for the service.

The Administrator, however, said there would be no fee charged if there was a mistake in the town’s original reading of the meter.

Commissioner David Overton asked about allowing customers the opportunity to have the meter reread once without charging the fee.

Mayor Pro-Tempore Hoyt Cooper said he thought his colleague’s suggestion was a good idea.

“If we have a charge, then at least it will help pay for the time of the person who is reading the meter for the second time,” he said.

The board agreed to raise that fee and also discussed briefly the need for a fee for testing a meter.

Castelloe suggested the fee for that to be $50 because of the time it takes and the equipment that is used.

The connection fee is currently $17.50 and the board agreed that the fee should increase to $50 and the reconnect fee should be raised from $25 to $50.

Mayor Pro-Tem Cooper made a motion to accept the new fees with Commissioner Collins Cooper offering a second. It passed without objection.

Hoyt Cooper said it was important to make sure the town residents knew of the changes and it was decided that the information would be included at the bottom of the next water bill.

In other business, the board:

  • approved Holland Consulting Planners to oversee the Energy Efficiency Grant received by the town; and
  • discussed the possible annexation of the Windsor House, the State Employee’s Credit Union and the Department of Social Services building.