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Trustees Decide Against Change in Water Dept. Fees

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Pleasantville Board of Trustees decided Monday evening at their weekly work session to keep village fees related to turning on or off water at private properties the same.

“I just think this is a time when we shouldn’t be getting rid of or changing village fees,” trustee member Brian Skarstad said.

The debate was sparked at Village Hall after some residents in the village complained about the cost of the village’s water department turning off or on a resident’s water supply. In Pleasantville’s master fee schedule, the village charges $50 for each time the water department is called upon during their working hours Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. That fee rises to $100 on Monday through Friday during off-duty hours and $150 on weekends and holidays.

Deputy Mayor Jonathan Cunningham brought up the possibility of exceptions to this rule as some residents are required to turn off their water due to unforeseen circumstances.

“It’s perfectly fine to have these fees but maybe there should be some exceptions because sometimes people have something that needs to be fixed that they don’t necessarily have control over,” Cunningham said.

The board ultimately decided to keep the fees as they currently are. Mayor Peter Scherer said the fees are reasonable because of the cost for water department workers to head to a resident’s property, especially during off-duty hours, which requires overtime payment.

“There’s a legitimate reasoning behind these fees because there’s a legitimate cost behind the work that is done,” Scherer said.

Trustee member Mindy Berard said that these fees are not new to residents.

“These have existed in our master fee schedule for as far back as I can remember,” Berard said.

Residents in the Village of Pleasantville with any inquires about water bills should be directed to Joann Gray-Rizzutti at 914-769-1901

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