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Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority customer who fail to pay bills face shut-offs

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Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority customers who fail to pay their monthly bills once again face possible utility shut-offs.

Since the onset of COVID-19 more than a year ago, the shut-off policy had been suspended for delinquent customers.

“It is our objective to avoid as many water shut-offs as possible,” Authority Executive Director Christine Weigle said following action by the board at their monthly meeting to resume the policy.

As always, she said, the Authority is willing to work with customers to come up with a plan to meet their obligations.

Weigle noted the significant decrease recently in the numbers of delinquent customers.

Beginning in March 2020, the Authority had waived penalty fees for late bill payments due to COVID-19.

However, the Authority agreed to restore the penalty policy beginning in February.

In other matters, the Authority approved the purchase of two vehicles.

A 2021 F150 4×4 comes at a cost of $32,297 and replaces another vehicle.

The other vehicle, a single-axle dump truck, is being purchased for $62,197.

It was agreed to open the LCWSA office to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the office had been closed to visitors with the exception to those making appointments.

“We will still require masking and social distancing,” Weigle said.

The authority met in executive session to consider personnel issues.

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