FORESTVILLE – The Forestville Village Board wants voters to decide whether to continue to have village elections in March or change the date to coincide with November’s national and state elections.
A petition with 217 names was presented to Mayor Linda Aures and members of the Village Board Tuesday evening asking that the resolution not be presented to voters so the elections would still be held in March.
The board voted 4-1 to put the item on the Nov. 5 ballot. Trustee Kevin Johnson voted against the measure.
Johnson read a letter that will be sent to 47 residents who have been purchasing water from the village but do not live within its limits. He said the letter explains that the village will no longer be able to sell water to them unless they form a water district.
The board agreed to send a copy of the letter to the town supervisors in Hanover, Arkwright and Sheridan.
“I believe Hanover wants us to do all of the legwork and have the costs of forming a district,” Johnson said. Most of the residents who are outside Forestville’s village limits live on Creek Road in Hanover.
Johnson said they will be able to receive water for about six months until the current line is decommissioned. He said the county Health Department will require that the line be disconnected from Forestville’s new municipal system.
Public Works Supervisor Charles Brewster said new water lines in the system are being flushed and that current tests of water quality have been satisfactory according to the Health Department.
After resolving issues about billing, it was announced that the water service charge of $225 will be sent to residents this week. A bill for water use will be sent in October and include charges on water meters since July.