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UTILITIES: Col. City to notify residents of right to hearing

November 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — As part of new legislation, utility companies have to notify their customers of the right to a hearing before being disconnected.

The City of Columbia City worked toward compliance with that legislation at last week’s meeting, as City Attorney Marcia McNagny presented the Board of Works with the verbiage that will now be included in disconnect notices.

“People have always had the opportunity for a hearing,” McNagny said.

“The court’s ruling was that we now have to notify them — that’s why we’re doing this. They just have to be notified of their right to a hearing.”

Essentially, there have been no changes to the city’s policy for disconnect.

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