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Algonquin approves utility disconnection fee increase

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 8:59 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 11:20 p.m. CDT

ALGONQUIN – Overdue charges for residents who don’t pay their water and sewer bills on time will become more expensive.

The Village Board on Tuesday approved an ordinance that increases disconnection fees for water and sewer services.

When Algonquin residents reach $100 in overdue bills, their water and sewer service can be shut off. If the bill remains unpaid past a deadline, then the village can disconnect the water and sewer service and add an administrative fee. The village raised that administrative fee to $65 from $40.

There is also a fee if service is reconnected after normal working hours, which was increased to $70 from $60. The village has five to 25 disconnections a month.

The increases take into account the village’s expenses, which increase annually, according to village documents.

Village Board members also on Tuesday approved an agreement with Dundee Township for the township to maintain a small portion of Braewood Park to help preserve the Dixie Briggs Fromm Nature Preserve.

Dundee Township trustees are expected to vote on the agreement at their meeting in November, Township Supervisor Susan Harney said.

The township has been restoring the hillside prairie and fen on the nature preserve property adjacent to Braewood Park for more than a decade, Harney said.

The township cleaned up the area by taking out non-native plants and seeded it with native prairie plants as part of the ecosystem restoration.

Native plants will serve as a buffer to the rare fen and keep invasive plant species from encroaching into the protected area.

Harney said rare plants are starting to blossom in the area.

To help keep the area native, the township plans to install a 140-foot fence along the wetland in Braewood Park to redirect people around the area, she said.

“We want people to know it’s a delicate place, walk around but still look at it,” Harney said.

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