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Water meter installation pales to rental checks

September 27, 2012
The Alpena News

Interesting to read/hear the problems the installers of the new water meters are having with city residents in scheduling or declining to have the new water meters installed to the point of possibly having their home's water shut off.

Think about the property owner(s) of rentals who receives a letter every three years stating a time and date when a city inspection will take place, telling the property owner the renter/representative must be present was well as the property owner/representative. In addition to this, it is the rental property owner(s) responsibility to make this arrangement with the renter as well as the property owner even though both may be working at their respective jobs. In addition to this, the rental property owner has to make arrangements with the renter(s) yearly for the recycling fee. For all of this, the rental property owner is assessed a fee of $65. Other state agencies do a rental property inspection yearly for their clients/rental property owner(s) free of charge.

When we complained of this duplication of inspection and fee to a city representative, we were told the city inspector looked for different problems. One of us has personally walked through with the city inspector as well as the state-designated inspector and found they both look for the same infractions such as inoperative smoke alarms.

Our point here is that city property owners need to be more cooperative in scheduling their new water meter installations. That is little compared to the requirements of rental property owners and their tenants. Remember, city property owners, one should be happy this is only a one-time commitment.

Dorthy and Terry





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