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Water-main flushing leaves some with tinted water in Altamont

Throughout the course of the project, many residents have voiced concerns over the water assessment fees associated with Brandle Meadows. James M. Gaughan said the hook-up fee applicable to this project is $450 per building.

Thomas recently projected nine buildings, with eight residences each. In addition, a fee is assessed for each residence in the building, based on a formula.

Gaughan said if all 72 projected residences are built, the total cost for Brandle Meadows would be approximately $68,000.

"There currently is a fee of $15 for both 'in' and 'out' village residents per six-month billing period dedicated to a capital reserve account, which will be used to pay off the 20-year $1.4 million loan for the water project. There are no other increases for village residents. In fact, we have kept the water rates the same for 2-1/2 years, and have decreased the sewer fees by approximately 50 percent. In essence, we have, taking the small $15 increase above into consideration, kept the overall average bill lower than it used to be," said Gaughan.

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