Water Rates Considered for S.L. Fire Protection

The Village of Saranac Lake is asking for public input at a public hearing in two weeks to investigate the issues surrounding the best ways to help protect commercial properties and Businesses in the Village from fire while still charging a fee for the water used, or in this case, most of the time it will be ready to be used.. It would be similar to the Demand portion of your electric bill which the village doesn’t currently charge residents or businesses but is considering for buildings with sprinklers..  For a perspective on this issue we spoke to Village Trustee Barb Rice who is also a business owner in the village..

AUDIO – 062514 – Village of Saranac Lake Discussing Water Rates for Commercial Sprinklers

The discussion began as part of an effort to help St Josephs manage the expenses involved in their new construction..  One concept is to simply install a meter that can handle the flow of water for a fire suppression system.. These are much more expensive than a regular meter..  One solution was a proposal which precipitated the public hearing to discuss the issue.. The concept is to charge a flat quarterly fee for commercial buildings which are hooked directly to fire suppression systems.. The Board agreed that the current proposal will need to be tweaked, if only by lowering the proposed rate for business and Mayor Rabideau says that’s the purpose of a public hearing.. to make sure they have all of the information they need to make an informed decision..

The Public Hearing is scheduled for Monday, July 14th just prior to the regular village board meeting at 5:30pm in the Harrietstown Town Hall..

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