Meshoppen residents who are seriously in arrears with their water and sewer bills can expect a knock on the door this month.
“I’ll be the jerk,” said Mike Voorhees, during the Meshoppen Borough Council meeting on Monday, June 2.
In addition to serving on council, Voorhees is also a maintenance worker for the borough.
According to information presented during the council meeting, past due Meshoppen sewer bills now total $35,000, while past due water bills total $32,000.
Voorhees explained after the meeting that water and sewer customers on the shutoff list will either pay their bills in full when he shows up or face a service termination.
During the meeting, council also said that liens will be placed on the affected properties. This will allow the borough to obtain the money if the property in question is sold.
Borough secretary Phyllis Adams that $19,700 of the past due sewer bills is owed by seven rental properties in Meshoppen. When she contacted the secretary of the property owner, the response she got was “That’s a lot of money,” Adams explained.
“You have to pay your bills,” Voorhees explained. “It’s not fair to the people who do pay.”
Also during the meeting, Cindy Cona reported that $6,215 was raised this year from Meshoppen Community Days. After expenses are deducted, the remaining money will go toward the purchase of new playground equipment for the ball field.
“We did not have as big a turnout as I hoped,” Cona said, explaining that she believes the high temperatures kept a lot of people away.
“The music was outstanding,” Cona continued, and requested that next year, council provide a separate stage for the musicians.
Council also announced that it will be accepting bids for the paving on Mowry Road. It also reported that Walsh Granite will be repairing a culvert on Canal Street which was damaged when the road was being used a detour during a bridge renovation project.
It was also reported that the borough has received $9,347 in impact fees for 2017 from the natural gas industry.