Letter to the Editor, Dec. 11
Water Problems in Wartrace
To the Editor:
I hope some people have read about the "no dry tap" minimum bill and service disconnection policies.
As a property owner, resident of Wartrace and water consumer I have two water taps on my property. one for my house and one for my son's mobile home.
After several years he was able to get a home on the same street. My son had his electric service disconnected and transferred to his house. The water bill, which is in his name, had services stopped at the mobile home and opened at his house at a cost of $65.
The next day (he) was informed it would be $10 more. He asked for his deposit back on the mobile home and she said, "Oh."
The water meter at the mobile home being in my name, Doyle Nelson Sr., I asked them to disconnect the water meter or take it out. I would have no more use for it. I asked for my deposit back and (was) told they couldn't cut service because it was against state law "no dry tap."
I would have to continue to pay a minimum bill of $42.99 and no return of deposit for my son or me.
I asked the county mayor, Eugene Ray, about this law or rule he quoted "this is unconscionable."
State Senator Jim Tracy informed me that the Tennessee Comptroller office said there was not a law on disconnection of water service but they may have some kind of rule.
I was told by the town hall water board, the mayor and aldermen that it was a state law. The aldermen looked at the mayor and said "the mayor says it's the state law." Follow the leader. I was still denied to see this document, which is a public record.
I checked with Shelbyville Water and Power and the Bedford Utility and each said you pay final bill and services are stopped and deposit is returned.
Wartrace has refused both.
All citizens of Bedford County and the state of Tennessee should be concerned if this rule is allowed that all utilities water, electricity, gas and cable -- anything attached to your home or property could do the same as the town of Wartrace.
There was an article in the Times-Gazette Thursday, Oct. 6 regarding public utility districts, which all citizens should read. It is hard for any citizen to gain information without the help of a state representative. I spent several months trying.
County Mayor Eugene Ray
State Senator Jim Tracy
Doyle Nelson Sr.
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