Originally Posted Online: Oct. 11, 2012, 10:11 pm
Last Updated: Oct. 11, 2012, 10:21 pm

Cordova hears complaint over street

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By Lyle Ernst, correspondent@qconline.com

Cordova resident Larry Molitor filed a complaint Thursday night with the village board over the recent alleged actions of trustee Larry Dhooge.

Mr. Molitor said he spoke for people who live on Main Avenue Court, and that, on two different occasions, Mr. Dhooge -- who chairs the village's Streets and Alleys Committee -- slammed the telephone on him. Mr. Molitor said the village should obtain an independent study into why Main Avenue Court has gone 40 years with the same surface while other streets have been repaved.

"When we talk to a board member we need a straight answer, not what happened to me," Mr. Molitor said.

Asked if Main Avenue Court would be repaved this year, Mr. Dhooge said no Cordova roads would be done this year. He also said Mr. Molitor was not telling the whole story but would not comment further.

"I understand your concern for your road, but the board has to make these decisions and can't say at this time that we will pave Main Avenue Court," Mayor Bob VanHooreweghe told Mr. Molitor. "The streets in the worst shape and those most traveled will be repaired first."

In other business, the board discussed "the fair share" policy requiring Cordova residents who go south for the winter to pay their "fair share" of water dues even if the residence is empty. There have been discussions about ending or altering the policy.

"We have to think about the citizens," said trustee Dean Moyer, who chairs the Water/Sewer Committee. Ending the policy, he said, would mean $6,000 less income annually for Cordova. He said he would rather wait until next year's budget is prepared before discussing changes.

Trustee John Haan said he wants more accurate numbers before making a decision, and village clerk Sharon Peterson was instructed to provide them to trustees.

The board also discussed the $25 delinquent charge for late water payments, noting the hardship it creates for some residents. Residents 60 days late in paying water bills must pay the $25 delinquent charge, plus a $25 shut-off fee and a $25 turn-on fee. On weekends, the fees increase to $35.

Before making a decision, trustees decided to study the existing ordinance.