While preparing its upcoming budget, the village will consider imposing larger water rate increases for commercial users than residential ones. The aim would be to reduce a $631,000 Water Department deficit, which has been blamed on increasing costs and decreasing consumption.
As it is now, all users pay the same rates.
Do you think there should be entirely different rates, one for residential customers and another for commercial ones?
Should there be a higher rate for commercial users such as Good Samaritan Hospital and Novartis?
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It’s December, and that means we’re gearing up for the annual Year in Review, a look at the 10 biggest news stories in Rockland in 2007.
The main criteria we look at is that the news has to be Rockland-specific, so the war in Iraq would not qualify, but news regarding the criminal military case stemming from the fragging death of U.S. Army Capt. Phillip Esposito would.
We’d love your thoughts and suggestions. Some stories we’re looking at so far, in no particular order:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Election defeats of District Attorney Michael Bongiorno and Haverstraw Mayor Francis “Bud” Wassmer.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Wyeth Pharmaceuticals celebrates 100 years in Pearl River.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The rabbi banned from baking matzos on a converted bus in his backyard.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Rats, roaches in Clarkstown North.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades share in the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.
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Few stories have struck home with our readers lately as much as the arsenic in the water story.
That’s not surprising, as everyone has to drink, bathe and clean
their clothing and dishes and most people use their tap water for those
But that’s not what has upset readers most about the story. It’s
United Water New York’s decision (with the county Health Department’s
knowledge) to wait to let their customers know the poisonous element
had exceeded the federal threshold in two wells in the drinking water
supply. Legally, they did nothing wrong. The law allowed for that. But
people feel as if they’ve been lied to.
To that end, the County Legislature’s Environmental Committee
target=”_blank”>last night called on United Water to
repair its “broken” relationship with the community at large.
So, what can the company do to help restore its trust in the
community? Do you think the issue has been blown out of proportion by
the media (i.e. The Journal News and LoHud.com)?
Let us know what you think.
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A “do not drink the water” warning for the 50 homes in the Village Mill I condominium in Haverstraw village was delayed more than four hours because United Water New York did not notice the complex was in the area affected by a water main break.
Larry Palant, the condo’s property manager, said today that he contacted United Water early Friday afternoon after reading about the water advisory on The Journal News’ Web site. The warning cited the area that included Picariello Drive, Spring Street, Victor Avenue, Rela Avenue, Rhoda Avenue, Harrigan Lane, Robbin’s Court and Gurnee Court. His complex is at the corner of Rela and Spring, but Village Mill residents didn’t receive any notice.
Palant said he believed that because the complex residents had mailing addresses of 1 to 50 Village Mill, instead of a street name, the water company did not immediately recognize the complex was affected.
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