Glastonbury Town Council votes to sue MDC

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Feb. 14, 2014

The Glastonbury Town Council voted unanimously to proceed with legal action against the Metropolitan District Commission, in protest of the recent increase in the rate for customers in non-member towns, including Glastonbury.

Council Chair Chip Beckett said the council has received many complaints from residents, ever since the charges were implemented in 2011. Beckett said the town has investigated the reason for the rates, and asked MDC why the approximately 6,000 Glastonbury residents who get water via the MDC will see these increases.

“The town has basically found those answers to be unsatisfactory,” Beckett said, adding that the town sought legal counsel, which rendered the opinion that MDC does not have legal standing to charge the non-member surcharges.

The MDC had proposed increases of 130-percent in the surcharges, which will also apply to customers in South Windsor, Farmington, Portland and East Granby. After the commission’s public hearings netted notable displeasure from residents, the commission subsequently reduced the quarterly surcharge from $105.75 to $49.74. But Glastonbury’s town council still felt that was unfair.
MDC member towns include Bloomfield, East Hartford, Newington, Hartford, West Hartford, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield and Windsor.

In November, the matter was brought to the council’s attention by state Rep. Joe Dominico (D-13), who said he and other legislators, including Reps. Prasad Srinivasan (R-31), Michael Demicco (D-21), and Sens. Steve Cassano (D-4) and Tim Larson (D-11) were also very concerned about what they see as an injustice for the towns that are not MDC members.

“I've received quite a few emails and phone calls from Glastonbury residents,” Dominico said. “The time has come...where enough is enough.”

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