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PG Freezes Rates

By Staff | Jun 10, 2009

Pine Grove Town Council unanimously passed the first reading of ordinances to freeze the rates for water and sewage service in the town. On June 22 a public meeting, 7 p.m., and council meeting, 7:30 p.m., for the second readings are scheduled.

Another special council meeting to canvass the votes of the June 9 election will be held June 15 at 7:30 p.m.

In a different matter, council voted to reimburse Dee Cane $170 for the filters, hot water heating elements, and other parts he had to replace due to sediment in the town’s water lines during or after line breaks. “I’m tired of putting out the money for it,” said Cane, who lives in the last home on the water line on Wilson Run.

He asked the council why Pine Grove doesn’t announce water breaks on television like other communities do. They said those announcements are only for large breaks; they agreed to announce six-inch line breaks in the future. Also, Bates said the town could give him a call each time there is a problem.

Relatedly, Recorder Kimmy Bates said she was told the town has only two fire hydrants working and the lines need to be flushed. “We have never been notified until right now,” noted Mayor Dave Barr of that situation. Council added that a representative of the Pine Grove Volunteer Fire Department is supposed to attend the monthly council meeting.

Also, council voted to relieve the sewage charge related to the water usage to fill four swimming pools in Pine Grove. Council also decided to rescind a $1,500 bill sent to Dominion for the repair of a six-inch water main the gas company broke recently.