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Lalich proposes flat water fee

October 30, 2013

STEUBENVILLE — Sixth Ward Councilman David Lalich proposed implementing a $5....

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Oct-31-13 6:56 PM

Think about this..... Our senior citizens can NOT afford the increase . There is nothing wrong with the lines by my house why? do I have to pay for other lines. If the citizens of those areas want new lines let them pay for them. Most would, so they get new water lines, good pressure, lines that do not break every other day. City counsel and our dept heads should have thought of this many, many years ago. NOT now when they are in desperate need of fixing. Why are you letting the landlords of the Section 8 housing get away with this ? Fine them on top of the bill, I bet if the fines keep going up maybe they will finally pay a bill. Don't keep giving them new service for every new building they buy. Don't let their sisters or other family members get the bill in their name to avoid this. As for Mr. Wigal, it is his fault when he brings outside help in to fix the lines when our own men can do the work.

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Oct-31-13 10:18 AM

I agree this should go to a vote but I also recognize the improvements need to be done. Before imposing yet another increase on water bills the city needs to exhaust every possible avenue to secure funding elsewhere. If they're unsuccessful then there is little else they can do, it has to be done. I do wonder about one thing though I did the math and this has the city's water customers at about 7,272. At the time of the last census, 2010, the city's population was 18,659. I find it a little odd that out of almost 19,000 residents there are only 7,000 water customers. In defense of the Water superintendent Wigal, it is not his fault the water lines are beginning to fall apart. The lines are old and it's time to upgrade them. Hopefully the upgrade will last a lot longer than these ones have.

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Oct-30-13 2:15 PM

So instead of raising our water bills, they will impose a 5.50$ water rate ? REALLY...I will not pay that plus my bill when others are NOT paying their bills at all. It is NOT fair one*****bit ! My paycheck does not go up , but my bills continue to sky rocket. When will this end? As for our Water Superintendent Mike Wigal , Tell him to quit wasting our money and get the jobs done right. Put this $5.50 monthly flat fee to a VOTE with the consumers and residents of Steubenville!

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