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LMUA Ceases Quarterly Charges for Homes Deemed Uninhabitable After Sandy

Ten homes in Lacey have been deemed uninhabitable

The Lacey Municipal Utilities Authority (LMUA) is waiving certain fees and charges for Hurricane Sandy victims.

For any homes deemed uninhabitable, the LMUA will cease quarterly service water and sewer charges, Executive Director Edward Woolf said.

Also, the LMUA’s board agreed to waive fees for water turned off at hurricane-damaged homes in November. The fee is typically $35.

"They thought it was the right thing to do,” Woolf said.

The LMUA turned water off at 61 homes, he said. So far, 10 homes were rendered uninhabitable and service was ceased.

With more than 11,000 customers, the LMUA has not taken a significant financial hit since Hurricane Sandy.

“It’s not a huge problem. We were very lucky in this area,” he said.

After the superstorm, customers had gone to the LMUA asking for relief, Woolf said.

“Our committee understands our difficulties and the losses we’ve suffered,” he said.

Once residents are habitable, a simple phone call can be made to the LMUA to restore service.

Linny January 31, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Why cant the MUA give people a break for payments owed instead of putting liens on homes .. At least give them alittle more time because of all the hardship they have gone through because of Sandy.. They have no heart at all..
Ed Weigant January 31, 2013 at 06:53 PM
If ya aint getting service ya shouldn't have to pay
River City Rover January 31, 2013 at 08:51 PM
If this job goes to a high ranking NJSP trooper who is about to retire; the fix was in from the beginning.
Resident of Lacey January 31, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Why should one have to pay for a service they can not use?
fat cats February 01, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Abolish the LMUA, No longer needed.
proud February 01, 2013 at 01:23 AM
There is no reason for a MUNICIPAL utilities authority
ben dover February 01, 2013 at 03:10 AM
All the low life's want everything for free
Resident of Lacey February 02, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Whom is looking for what for free? People simply want to turn off the water and sewer they are NOT using and not get a bill for the service they are NOT using. Bend over are you suggesting that anyone not wanting to pay for a service they are not, can not and do not use is a low life? You see the MUA in many communities is exempt from fair business practices, you can have your service turned off or leave it on. The bill will still come, even if it is disconnected with noe meter you will get a bill for a minimual usage charge as if you had used 10000 gallons of water. Do you truely feel that people whom are no useing a service should have to pay for it? So if a person lives in an are with FIOS, Comcast, DirectTV and DishNet avaiable they should have to pay for a basic service to ALL four of them simply because they are avaiable to them? Is that what you do?
diane February 04, 2013 at 03:30 AM
Have you ever been in the MUA office? Never saw so many people with so little to do.
diane February 04, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Ben Dover Don't the poor people who can't live in their homes have enough problems? They deserve a break, their life is a nightmare and your cruel comments don't help.
proud February 04, 2013 at 01:07 PM
$35 to turn your water off. Do they also charge $35 to turn it on? It takes two seconds, and a monkey could do it. Get rid of all these local MUA's with there administrators and commissioners and lazy employees. Decentralize the management and save money for the taxpayers, or, should I say the remaining taxpayers? Those who haven't already will be walking away in droves.

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