Water Main Corruption?
Water main breaks – Hoboken resident gets $11k bill in the mail
Hoboken resident Gregg experienced a water main break in front of his condo earlier this summer. And after initially hearing it wouldn’t be his responsibility – he gets a massive bill in the mail a month later.
“I own a condo on Grand Street, and last month there was a water main break on the street in front of my building in the middle of the night. The police and United Water came and spent the night doing the repairs and, at the time, I spoke to the police and the water company crew and was asking who was responsible. Both the cops and the repair guys told me that it was the pipe from my building that connects to the water main, but since it is United Water’s responsibility to inspect the pipes at the time of installation, I wouldn’t be responsible. (I watched as 6 guys stood around doing nothing and 2 guys actually did work – and not only did they throw their coffee cups into the hole in the street prior to paving over the hole, but they actually emptied all of the garbage from their trucks and tossed it all in the hole as well).
Recently, I received a bill for $11,000.”
$1600 for traffic control?
“Needless to say, I was shocked, but not surprised. Even more ridiculous, the itemized bill had a charge for $1,600 for traffic control – I guess the cop placing a cone on the street constitutes traffic control.
If anybody has any advice, it would be much appreciated since I’m struggling just to feed my family, pay my bills, and keep up with rising property taxes and can not even come close to affording the bill – not that I should have to pay anyway.”
411 Note: I’m wondering where that $1600 went? Did the contractor have to pay the Hoboken Police Department? If so where are those line items on the budget?