Jay board grants three sewer bill abatements

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JAY — Selectpersons voted Monday night to approve three sewer bill abatement requests because water leaking from a faucet, a water heater and a broken pipe did not enter the sewer system.

Sewer bills are based on the amount of water used, according to Water District records.

Superintendent Mark Holt of the Jay Sewer Department said he checked the three abatement requests before making recommendations on the 2018-19 sewer bills.

Robbin Nichol will be issued an abatement for $531 for 22 Intervale Road. There was a leak in an outdoor faucet during the winter, which Nichol did not know until he received his water bill, Holt said.

Ricky Collins will be issued an abatement for $459 for 46 Main St. During the winter water was leaking from the water heater in the basement of the rental unit. Collins was unaware of the leak until a tenant brought it to his attention, Holt said. Water ran across the cement section of the basement floor and into the dirt, he said.

Daren Dubreuil will be issued an abatement of $387 for 1049 Main St. A frozen water pipe in the basement burst and water soaked into the dirt, Holt said.

In other matters,  the board voted to appoint Selectperson Gary McGrane as an alternate to the Livermore Falls Sewer Upgrade Steering Committee. The Livermore Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant needs to be upgraded and the towns will split the cost.

Jay’s representatives on the committee are Holt, Selectpersons Terry Bergeron and Tom Goding, and Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere.

Livermore Falls representatives are Selectmen George Cummings and Rodney Heikkinen, alternate Selectman Sarah Flagg, Town Manager Stephen Gould and Sewer Superintendent Greg Given.

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