Tiny staff hope to get a flood of timing requests in the next while, and not a trickle.
During this week's committee of the whole meeting, public works director Tim Leitch gave an update to council and members of the public regarding the upcoming Wyevale water-meter installation project. Letters were sent out this week to Wyevale residents outlining the project from Neptune, the contractor awarded the contract to install the meters.
“We’re looking at the end of October to early November to have all the meters installed; there are approximately 280 of them,” said Leitch.
The letters will explain the process, timing and all COVID-19 protocols for the installers entering into the homes of residents as part of the installation procedure.
“In that letter, it also talks about scheduling times,” said Leitch, stating that residents with specific time preferences for installation can follow instructions to set a time that works best.
“So we encourage people to sign up as soon as possible, so that we can make sure this project comes off on the timing that we anticipate.”
Tiny adopted a bylaw earlier this year intended to regulate the supply of municipal water to properties, and authorize the installation of water meter packages within the township.
In 2022, users will continue to be on the standard annual fee, but with the township providing mock bills informing the public of the amount they are consuming, as well as education on usage and what they would pay under a usage-based billing system. Finally, a usage-based fee will be implemented in 2023.
“The meters will be installed and we’ll be developing a mock billing system for one year,” Leitch added, “so people can see what their habits are and adjust habits accordingly. That will give them an idea of what their bills will be moving forward.”
Archives of council meetings are available to view on Tiny township’s YouTube channel.
Derek Howard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, MidlandToday.ca