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City Council Votes to Adopt Water Shutoff Policy, Community Foundation Under Way

Council hopes a water shutoff policy will encourage residents stay up to date with their bills.

Clawson residents behind on their water bills could soon face consequences.

City Council voted to adopt a water shutoff policy at their Tuesday meeting for residents who don't stay up to date on their bill.

City Manager Mark Pollock said the city rolled over more than $400,000 in taxes for residents with unpaid water bills this year.

"It's become very easy for people to just not pay their bills," Pollock said.

Currently, residents receive a water bill every three months which isn't due until the 20th of the following month, Pollock said. Under the new policy, they receive a late notice on the 21st, with a late fee applied, due within 10 days. If they still haven't paid by then, the city will issue a shutoff notice that threatens to turn off the water if the resident has not paid within seven to 10 days.

The policy would be effective on Jan. 1, 2012.

Pollock said the council will vote on the official shutoff policy guidelines before the end of the year. 

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michael J August 17, 2011 at 02:39 PM
The resolution voted on was to accept the (idea/concept) shut off policy, now there is a "cooling off period" my terms, will vote on the policy in October or so, to go in to effect in or on Jan 1rst, it is not in effect for this round of summer water bills, some of you who Tried to get more Conctrete by watering across public side walks, will be shock at the size of the bill, rain barrels realley helped and do help, like all watering was done from left over rain water. The Min. bill is very possible. of course if you have a well ..................
mike smith September 14, 2011 at 01:49 AM
the city waters everything and we pay the tab, why dont they pay for the water bill and give us a break

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