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Marion makes Water Department changes, etc.
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The Marion County Commission recently made some changes in the operation of the Water Department and continued with the exploration of making further improvements. In addition, they hired a company to resurface Power Station Road, set the salary for the newly hired recreation director, made an appointment to the Board of Elections, and voted on and discussed various other items.
There were a few changes made to Water Department policies. First, commissioners formally declared that all equipment on the “other side” of water meters is the property of and responsibility of water customers. The main consequence of this is in the handling of pressure reducing valves and back-flow preventers.
During the construction of the county water system, pressure reducing valves were offered and installed by the county as an enticement for the new customers. It was generally assumed that the equipment belonged to the county. However, commissioners have now verified that even if the county installed the valves for the customers, the customers are the owners of them and are responsible for replacing them if needed.
Going forward, the county will make a recommendation to new customers to tell them if they believe they need pressure reducers and will even handle the installation, but afterwards they will belong to the customers.
Two major changes were also approved for the billing process. All water bills will now be due by the ... Online subscribers click here for the rest of the story.