PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the New York City Water Board (the “Board”) will consider proposed changes to the Multiple Family Conservation Program (“MCP”) as set forth in its current Water and Wastewater Rate Schedule (“Rate Schedule”).
In particular, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) has recommended that the Board consider rescinding existing provisions of the Rate Schedule that direct the termination of the frontage basis of billing as of June 30, 2009. Currently, frontage basis billing is an option permitted to certain multiple family properties containing six or more units. The Board has indicated that it will consider DEP’s recommendation to extend frontage billing beyond the current year and that this billing policy proposal will be included with the Board’s public notice and rate hearing process that will occur in April 2009 in connection with the Board’s annual rate setting and its consideration of rates and charges for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2009.
In light of the above, corollary provisions of the Rate Schedule bearing on the MCP program are hereby noticed for proposed change as follows:
- The Board will consider rescinding any deadlines set forth in the Rate Schedule, the MCP Guidelines and DEP’s MCP Application documents which require that any new applications for entry into MCP be submitted by December 31, 2008; and,
- The Board will consider rescinding any provisions set forth in the Rate Schedule, the MCP Guidelines and DEP’s MCP Application documents which state that any account now subject to the frontage basis of billing which has not submitted an application for entry into MCP by December 31, 2008 will be converted automatically to the metered basis of billing as of July 1, 2009.
The above measures are intended to maintain the status quo with respect to frontage billing and the MCP program until the Board considers the extension or termination of frontage billing, applicable effective dates and can receive public comments thereon during the spring rate hearing process.
All members of the public who wish to submit comments to the Board in connection with the above matters may do so by submitting their comments in writing to: Kevin Kunkle, New York City Water Board, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 8th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373. Written statements may be faxed to Mr. Kunkle at (718) 595-3595 or by email. All comments must be received by the close of business October 30, 2008 to be considered by the Board.