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Naples fields water district questions

The Naples Town Board approved the rules for its new water district Tuesday after a public hearing gave citizens a chance to ask questions.

At issue are those households and businesses in the town, outside the village boundary, that receive village water. About 100 properties are in the district that has operated informally for years. Now, with lines badly in need of replacement, water pressure problems and other troubles, the town needed to make the district official.

“To be done properly, there needs to be a local law to support the town water district,” said Town Attorney Ed Brockman.

Twenty percent of village water customers are outside the village boundary, in the town. “State law says we have to make it right,” said Town Board member Frank Duserick. “We have to do it, to keep everyone healthy.”

Town Supervisor Tamara Hicks noted that the water lines in the town district are between 50 and 70 years old. The town recently responded to a violation regarding water pressure to one of its customers. Town Highway Superintendent Dave Voss said while the violation was fixed, it was only a temporary solution.

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