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Kenmore Village Board approves increases in water, sewer rates

Water and sewer rate increases were approved Tuesday by the Kenmore Village Board.

Effective June 1:

* The minimum quarterly water rate, up to 8,000 gallons, for all customers would be $25, an increase of $2.

* For more than 8,000 gallons, the rate would be $2.77 per each additional 1,000 gallons, up from $2.69.

* The water surcharge remains at $10 a quarter.

As for sewer charges:

* The rate will be $2.66 per 1,000 gallons, up from $2.58.

* The surcharge, which was previously approved, will be $25 a quarter, up from $23.

The Village Board voted, 4-0, in favor of the increases; Trustee Sam Muscarella was excused from the meeting.

Meanwhile, Assistant Police Chief Peter J. Breitnauer reported during the board's work session that overdue parking fines continue to be paid, as the village prepares to enforce a new local law targeting three-time offenders.

Unpaid parking fines, dating back to 2003, totaled more than $500,000 when the law was adopted March 6. An amnesty program remains in effect through May 31.

According to Breitnauer, approximately $25,000 in fines have been paid -- "not as good as I hoped," he said.

A 341-page list of almost 12,000 license plates with unpaid fines was narrowed down to approximately 500 three-time offenders.

Once the amnesty period expires, police will be on the lookout for the vehicles of those offenders. If spotted within the village, they will be towed, and the owners will have to pay the parking tickets, as well as the towing and storage fees for the vehicles.