March 15, 2013

Shipyard Brewery ordered to pay $300K for sewer fees

By Randy Billings rbillings@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Today's poll: Sewer fees

Do you think $300,000 is a proper settlement for the city of Portland over the missed Shipyard Brewing sewer fees?

Yes

No, too much

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Rees and Public Services Director Michael Bobinsky could not be reached by phone or email Friday afternoon for comment.

"Considering that we received the decision this morning, staff will meet in the coming weeks to discuss how to address the other un-billed accounts in a way that is fair and reflects today's decision," City Hall spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said.

The city has taken steps since discovering the billing error to improve its record-keeping and communication with the Portland Water District, which is responsible for the water pipes.

Last week, for example, the City Council approved a new permit and inspection program for commercial and residential submeters. That is expected to improve the accounting and quality of the installation of new submeters within the city, the city said in a news release.

Staff from the city and water district also meet every other month to discuss and review water-only accounts, high-volume water users and accounts with sewer charges.

"The city has and continues to take this matter very seriously as it is important that we honor and maintain the public's trust in our sewer and billing system," Rees said in a statement. "We have taken positive action not only in an effort to resolve outstanding payment in the matter with Shipyard but also to ensure that a mistake like this cannot happen again."

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Today's poll: Sewer fees

Do you think $300,000 is a proper settlement for the city of Portland over the missed Shipyard Brewing sewer fees?

Yes

No, too much

No, not enough

View Results