On Thursday night, rate increases won’t be the only topic brought up at the Bristol County Water Authority public hearing. Adequately notifying the public of rate hike meetings will also be brought to the podium.
Although the BCWA did post the meeting in advance of the 48 hour legal requirement, Representative Raymond Gallison feels that 48 hours is insufficient notice for such an important topic.
“They skirted the law by hours in my opinion. That doesn’t give people enough time. The public needs to see the documents” associated with rate increase proposals in order to respond at a public forum, he said.
When the 2013 legislative session begins in January, Mr. Gallison plans to submit a bill that will extend the 48 hour notification to a 7 day notification to allow residents and ratepayers an opportunity to prepare themselves with questions for the BCWA board of directors.
“I don’t care if they scream,” Mr. Gallison said, anticipating opposition from the BCWA.
The first public hearing on BCWA rate hikes will take place at Mt. Hope High School on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. inside the cafeteria.
A second public hearing will be held on Jan. 3 at Warren town hall.