by Lisa Tome
Kim Roland hated to do it, but it had to be done.
Roland, Cecilton's Clerk/Treasurer was packaging up water shut off notices for 38 homes in the town.
She knows that children live in some of those homes that are due for shut off.
"I've always tried to work with people but the previous bills have to be paid before the next bill comes out," said Roland.
She said that the mayor and town council are cracking down on those who don't pay their bills.
"We have people on payment plans. These people (receiving notices) are in arrears and they are not paying and they are not coming in. The mayor and council told me to follow the ordinance," said Roland.
The red notices, which were hand-delivered by town staff, made customers slated for shut off aware that they had 48 hours to come up with a plan or payment.
"The highest one here is that they are $500 in arrears. Plus they have the current bill," said Roland. "There's help out there if you truly can't pay your bills."
Non payment of water bills in Cecilton has increased. This billing cycle saw about 10 more people not paying their bills than during the last cycle.
In other news from Cecilton:
• The pavilion at the town park is available for rent by groups of individuals now through the fall.
The cost of the rental is $100. That amount includes $75 for the rental and a $25 deposit. The deposit will be returned if the area has been left clean. The rental includes electric, water, and a grill. Tennis court, basketball court, and playgrounds may be used. Anyone interested in renting the pavilion is asked to call 410-275-2692.