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Norfolk town board will raise water and sewer rates

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NORFOLK - Norfolk residents will be seeing higher water and sewer bills next year, after the town board elected to increase both rates, effective Jan. 14.

The decisions to raise the water rate $5 per quarter and the sewer payment $10 per quarter were made during the regular town board meeting Tuesday night. Next year’s water bill will be $276 and the sewer rate will be $332, a $608 total. That equates to $152 per quarter, up from this year’s $137 quarterly rate.

Town Supervisor Charles A. Pernice said that the move, while unpopular, was a necessary one due to the on-going water improvement project.

“The water (rate) increases because with the project we don’t know what the operating costs are going to be. ... We are going to have to figure out what the daily operation costs will be,” Mr. Pernice said. “It will be a gradual increase and any surplus will be used for the reserve fund for the sewer account.

“We now have a reserve fund for the water (too), which is great because if anything serious goes wrong, we’ve got money we can use.”

With the two increases, residents will see a $60 total increase on their water and sewer bills next year.

“The unknowns are the operation costs. How do you factor in that? The old system had just one pump most of the time, so this project should improve in that aspect,” Mr. Pernice said.

In other action Tuesday night, the board was approached by Police Officer in Charge Karla Trimm, who recommended they hire SUNY Canton Criminal Justice major Brandon Murray, Lisbon, who would be trained at the police academy.

“I’m looking to put another recruit officer through the academy. His name is Brandon Murray and he did 160 hours with us to do his internship back in April and May. He is a member of the Lisbon Fire Department and also a diver for (them.) He anticipates earning his degree in December 2013 in criminal justice, and he’s going to be joining the academy in January,” Ms. Trimm said. “He rode with me quite a bit when he did his 160 hours. I know he’s dedicated to it because we were supposed to go home at 1 and he got home at 5 and he had already worked 12 hours before that.”

The hiring of Mr. Murray will not cost the town of Norfolk any money until he graduates and completes his training.

“He has been told that he has to purchase his uniforms, his books, his ammo and a bulletproof vest, if he wants it,” Ms. Trimm explained.

The board unanimously approved the hire after Councilman Robert J. Harvey made the initial motion. Councilman Kevin Enslow seconded the motion.

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