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Thursday, October 21, 2004

By Rose Duger

Journal correspondent

HARRISON - Residents will see a 12 percent increase in their water bills and a 9 percent hike in sewage fees over the next two years if an ordinance introduced last week is adopted by local officials.

The two-step rate increase would see water rates rise from $16.90 per 1,000 cubic feet of water this year to $18 next year and $19 in 2006.

Wastewater rates would go from $24.20 per 1,000 cubic feet this year to $25.25 next year and $26.50 in 2006.

In addition, the proposed ordinance provides for small increases in fees for final water meter reads, which will cost $25 in both 2005 and 2006, and for new water meters.

Town Clerk Paul Zarbetski said the proposed rate hikes were passed on to the town from the Passaic Valley Water and Sewerage commissions.

In other business at last week's meeting, officials introduced an ordinance that will allow one-hour parking for trucks and vans patronizing local businesses in the municipal lot located near the foot of Harrison Avenue beneath Route 280.

Mayor Raymond J. McDonough said several business owners requested the change to accommodate commercial customers who drive trucks and vans. The ordinance will allow the vehicles to park in the lot between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

"We're just helping out the merchants," McDonough said. "We had found that big trucks were parking there every night. It was an eyesore, so we passed an ordinance forbidding any trucks from parking there. But the business owners called and asked us to reconsider."

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