Where is the money going from a 64 percent sewer rate hike lodged on residents of Bristol Harbour Village? Financial figures on the increased revenue were due to the town of South Bristol back in April. With no information forthcoming on how the money is being spent, the Town Board put the Bristol Sewage Disposal Corp. on notice.
The South Bristol Town Board voted unanimously this month to give the sewage corporation 90 days to produce the financial details.
“The resolution reopens the issue,” said Town Supervisor Dan Marshall. The board needs an accounting of the rate increase that is to go into capital reserve and toward paying off debt, he said.
“We are are clearly interested in resolution of this, in the best interest of all parties,” said attorney Jeffrey Clark, with Bond, Schoeneck & King LLC in Rochester. Clark represents Bristol Harbour Village Association, which covers Bristol Harbour Village’s nearly 360 households. According to BHVA, the rate hike the Town Board granted meant an average household saw its annual fee jump from $504 to $893. Residents began paying the increase last fall.
The Bristol Sewage Disposal Corp. is owned by Todd and Laura Cook, who own Bristol Harbour Resort, along with its sewage and water works. The Cooks could not be reached for comment. Messages left with attorneys who represent the Cooks at Nixon Peabody LLP had not been returned.
The Town Board gave Bristol Sewage Disposal Corp. 90 days to provide the required financial figures, which brings the deadline to Dec. 9. The matter is expected to be taken up at the Town Board meeting Dec. 10.
Earlier this year, a judge ruled to dismiss a case the Bristol Harbour Village homeowners’ association brought against the town of South Bristol over the 64 percent sewer rate hike.