LYNDON -- The village board is getting tough on residents who are late paying garbage pickup fees.
The board approved two motions last week to prompt quick payment after Trustee Sharon Kelly noted 30 residents are almost $700 in arrears.
The board will publish the names of residents who are in arrears in a local newspaper if back payments are not received by Oct. 10. Board members also voted to combine garbage and water bills into one account, allowing the village to turn off water service to residents who do not pay on time in the future.
Combining the quarterly bills will also save the village clerk an estimated five to six hours of work a month, they said.
Last month, the village began a crackdown on residents with overdue water bills. The board instructed the clerk to send out notices to overdue users and instructed the public works department to begin shutting off service to water users who do not pay.
Lyndon had about 10 users who owed less than $500 in overdue water bills, but some were months behind in payments. Mrs. Kelly, who was acting as mayor pro-tem for a vacationing Mayor Mike Fowler, said the crackdown was very effective in getting some properties out of arrears.
In other action, the board approved hiring Whiteside County sheriff's deputies Tim Kane and Frank Garcia to fill in for Village Officer Lawrence Isaacson when he is on vacation.