Friday, December 14, 2012
In a joint letter to the secretary of the state Department of Public Utilities, state Sen. Richard Moore and state Rep. John Fernandes oppose a rate increase of 83 percent.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Editor's Note: the following letter by state Sen. Richard T. Moore (D-Uxbridge) and state Rep. John V. Fernandes (D-Milford) was sent to Mark Marini, secretary of the state Department of Public Utilities, concerning a request for a water rate increase of 83 percent filed by the Milford Water Company. Dec. 12, 2012 Dear Secretary Marini: The purpose of this letter is to formally advise you of our opposition to the proposed rate increase of approximately eighty-three percent (83%) sought by the Milford Water Company in the above referenced petition. This Petition comes on the heels of a recent rate increase of approximately thirty-three percent (33%) that was approved in 2011. We find the current proposal outrageous and know that it will …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Milford residents spoke angrily Wednesday of a proposal by the Milford Water Co. to increase rates by 83 percent.
Describing a proposed water rate increase of 83 percent as "outrageous" and "inconceivable," Milford residents and officials blasted the request at a public hearing Wednesday. The hearing filled the top floor of Milford Town Hall to beyond-seating capacity. Nearly 300 people attended. Residents stood along the windows of the meeting space, and many took seats in the balcony section. In comments, frustrated residents said they felt trapped by a private water utility that is their only source for drinking water. "The Milford Water Company is a monopoly," said Mary Langford. "We don't have another water company to turn to. It's a huge problem. I'm appalled. That's it." Another resident, Mark Cabral, pointed out that Water Company customers …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Town Counsel Gerald Moody, in a memo filed with the state Department of Public Utilities, is challenging the amount of a loan ceiling sought by the Milford Water Company for construction of a new water treatment plant.
The town counsel for Milford has challenged the size of a construction loan sought by the Milford Water Company, a debt that, if approved, could lead to a 50 percent rate increase for customers. The Milford Water Company, a privately owned utility, is seeking permission from the state Department of Public Utilities to borrow up to $20 million to cover construction of a new water treatment plant. The plant is currently under construction, behind the Water Company offices on Dilla Street. The Department of Public Utilities does not issue loans; but its approval is required before a utility company can secure private financing. The Water Company requested the loan approval, and presented its case in a public hearing May 8. The Department has …