City attorney cautions council as it adjusts resident's water bill

Published: Monday, October 21, 2013 at 02:20 PM.

Meter would have revealed leak

Shaud cited a statement on the back of his receipt for city water service that said if no one is at home when a city worker turns on the water, but the water meter shows a water flow, the technician would unlock the meter, but turn the water off.

City Councilman Mickey Rytman said a water technician should have known there was a leak when the meter was turned on and started spinning.

"It seems to me the city personnel turned it on and drove off," Rytman said.

Miller advised the council that while under ordinance it had no obligation to grant Shaud relief, the city "as a courtesy" could assist the resident.

Rytman, seconded by Councilman Shannon Hayes, moved to adjust Shaud's bill to reflect a three-month average water usage.

Miller cautioned the council not to provide a reason for granting the relief to avoid setting a precedent, but to treat it as a routine financial transaction permissible under the council's fiscal powers.

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