Orlandi said she and village clerk Jyll Pozzi have been dealing with holding checks and late and unpaid water bills for too long. She said the rule is you receive the water bill and have two weeks to pay it. After that a red letter is sent out that the resident is late and a 10 percent of the bill late fee is applied. The resident then has eight more days to pay the bill before their water is shut off. A $50 shut off fee is then applied to the account.
“We are not bad people,” Orlandi said.
She said the village has tried to work with people to keep them from having their water shut off and extra charged, but the people have been rude and uncaring in return. People have asked to have their checks held for 20 days and even let some bounce. Orlandi said a $25 fee is applied to each bounced check a resident writes. She also said that water bills need to be paid in full. If a person owes the city $105, they can’t come in and pay $98, she said.
“If you pay $98, that means your water bill is not paid,” Orlandi said. “These people have to take responsibility.”
She added that everyone will be treated the same and warned that water will start being shut off for unpaid bills. Also, a check will only be held for five days before being cashed and all fees must be paid to the village.
“In any other town the water would be shut off with no questions,” agreed Trustee Laura Soens Lunn.
In other business:
n An anonymous complaint from a Dalzell resident to the Environmental Protection Agency led to an inspection at the Dalzell wastewater treatment plant. The EPA found the plant was in good order, but needed some minor changes, including removal of weeds and trees around the lagoon and sand filters, raking sand filters and flowing effluent through them, an airline leak needed to be fixed, the sludge depth needed to be check and the subdivision lift station needs work.
n The village approved paying Pro Dive in Ottawa $2,500 to fix the air leak in the sand filters.
n The village approved the Total Environmental Service Technologies Inc. fee increase of $14.97 a month.
n The village approved a donation of $250 to the Hall High Devilettes to sponsor their trip to perform at the Capital One Bowl on New Years Day. Lunn said one of the team members is from Dalzell.
n The village transferred funds from the vehicle savings fund to general checking to pay for work done on Sunset Drive.
n The bid of $800 from Illinois Valley Excavating in Peru was approved for trimming an clearing of brush on Well Road.
n Orlandi said the alleyway that runs from Chestnut Street through Barney Riva Street has to stay an alleyway and not a street because it is not wide enough and the village does not own enough property to make it the correct width.
n The village approved to start work on an area of Golf Course Road near the north entrance of the golf course which was damaged during the spring flooding. The cost is estimated at $6,900, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved to pay for the work. However, the funds have not arrived yet.
n Trustee Gary Orlandi said the city should look at repainting the water tower since it is getting a lot of rust. The village treasurer Tom Passini said the city would have the funds in July to pay for the project. Trustee Randy Bernabei said he would look at quotes and have something ready by next summer.
n Trustee Orlandi also reminded people to inform the village board of events and projects that are happening around town so the village is aware.
n The village approved to order two entrance signs for the village at $1,465. The sign will be five feet wide and four feet high and placed on the west side of the road at both the north and south entrances to the village.
n The village will host another Movie in the Park night at dusk on Sept. 21. The movie Oz: the Great and Powerful will be shown.
n Snow bids will be opened at the Oct. 9 board meeting.
n The next regular board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 9.