The village of St. Johnsville will begin installing new state-of-the-art water meters at residences and business throughout the community on Sept. 30.
Crews from Vanguard Utility Service will complete the installation, with assistance from the village Department of Works. Mayor Bernard Barnes said crewmembers will wear nametags identifying who they are and their vehicles will also be marked.
He added the installation will take six weeks, with crews working from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the meters will better serve customers and reduce the village’s operational costs.
To ensure the installation is completed on time, the village Board of Trustees Tuesday evening passed a resolution directing the DPW to shut off water service to residences where homeowners are continually unavailable to have their meter installed.
“The crews are going to visit homes and knock on doors. If the homeowner is not home or if they do not answer the door, the workers are going to leave a tag with information on how to schedule an appointment on the door. The crews will go back to the home two more times. If after the third time they are unable to get inside the home to install the meter, the village has the authority to shut that home’s water service off,” said Barnes.
He added workers will be directed to leave tags on every door of the home.
“This is to prevent homeowners from saying they put the tag on a door they don’t use or that the wind blew it away,” said Barnes. “Postcard notices will also be mailed to homeowners and there will be advertising, so there is no reason for a resident to say they did not know this was going to take place. If a homeowner is unavailable the first time the crew knocks on their door, I suggest they call the number listed on the tag so they can schedule an appointment and prevent their water from being shut off.”
Deputy Mayor Martin Callahan suggested, and the board approved, giving residents five calendar days to schedule an appointment after they receive their final notice. If they do not schedule an appointment, their water will be shut off until the meter is installed.
“The purpose of the resolution is to deal with continual refusals, without just excuse,” said village Attorney Norman Mastromoro. “This action gives the village the authority to shut a resident’s water off after they receive that final notice.”
Barnes asked residents to make sure the area surrounding their water meter is clutter free.
“This will make it easier for crews to install the new meter,” he said. “Cooperation from the public will be appreciated and will make for a smooth installation process.”