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ROANOKE - The village board decided not to change water shutoff policies following a discussion about various situations at its Feb. 19 meeting. Bills will continue to be sent monthly even if service has been turned off because residents have temporarily left their homes. The situation usually refers to “snow birds” or people who leave their homes in the winter for extended vacations.

“If they are going out of state for two months and then come back, we do not charge to turn the water back on,” water committee chair Wayne Blunier said.

Some residents who leave temporarily shut water off while they are gone by closing valves inside their homes. Others ask officials to turn it off where their private lines intersect with the village lines as a way to ensure there are no leaks in the private line while they are gone. There is no fee to turn the water off temporarily at the request of the owner and no fee to turn it back on when they come back.

If residents move permanently and request water be turned off at the curb, the account goes to inactive status. Whoever has the water turned back on after that action pays a $50 turn on fee to the village.

See article on March 1 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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