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Munson Road resident Mike Davis discovered when he received a letter from the town informing him that he, along with three other neighbors, were responsible for fixing their 2-inch water service line.
MIDDLEBURY – In the case of who pays the bill for public water line repairs in Middlebury, it appears the devil is in the details.
That’s what Munson Road resident Mike Davis discovered when he received a letter from the town informing him that he, along with three other neighbors, were responsible for fixing their 2-inch water service line.
What Davis and his neighbors didn’t know, is that the water line coming into their homes are not part of Middlebury’s public water system.
Davis spoke at a recent Middlebury Select Board meeting to inform board members that he, and his neighbors, were in the dark about their responsibilities.
According to the board, the Munson Road service lines were installed in 1962 and listed in the town’s “Private Water Line Book”.
Davis asked the board how homeowners, having moved into their homes many years after 1962, were notified about the “private” arrangement.
The question by Davis seemed to catch board members off guard. After a discussion, board members instructed the Public Works Department to start the repairs and “line and bill back the homeowners for the work.”
According to Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay, “The Board also directed town staff to research other properties in Middlebury with private water line arrangements and notify affected property owners.”