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BLACK RIVER — A former trailer park owner on Monday was denied a refund on her tax bill for a sewer hookup that she said never existed.

Linda L. McCarthy went to last month’s village Board of Trustees meeting to discuss equivalent dwelling unit charges for Conifer Courts Mobile Home Park, 29083 Route 3, which she and her late husband, Darrell F. McCarthy, previously owned.

According to Mrs. McCarthy, her husband had requested that two EDUs be removed from the couple’s tax bill, but was refused. The new owner of the park, Thomas B. Carreira, is not paying for the EDUs, Mrs. McCarthy said. She requested reimbursement for the last three tax bills on which she paid the extra charges.

Since the September meeting, the village clerk received verification that Mr. McCarthy attended the Nov. 12, 2008, Route 3 Corridor Sewer/Development Board meeting. At the time, Mr. McCarthy asked that the variable and capital charges for the sewer connection on two vacant lots at the park be exempt.

According to minutes of the meeting, the request was denied because it was “the established policy of the sewer system to assess an EDU to all service connections that are constructed during the initial construction or subsequent to it and assess fees accordingly.”

Village Clerk-Treasurer Kathie B. Montigelli informed Mrs. McCarthy at Monday’s meeting that the EDU assignment was based on an engineer’s drawings. In addition, Mrs. Montigelli said, village attorney Mark G. Gebo had told her that under state real property tax law, a board cannot refund a prior year’s paid property taxes, and that paying the taxes acknowledges that the property owner agrees with the bill.

Capital charges on an EDU average $250.

In other business, the board authorized the surveying of East Remington Street when documents come through to take possession of the property at the dead end, which will be used for a turnaround for plows and school buses.

Also, Creg Security Systems will install motion detectors and three key pads in the municipal building at a cost of $1,042.

The board told resident Michele M. Chambers that it would look into her request to have crosswalks marked by paint or signage along the main streets of the village.

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