To: Residents of AuSable Acres
From: Pete DeFina, President of AAPOA
Re: Recent communication with the Department of Public Service
On May 7th I received a call from Mr. Michael Horan who works for the Department of Public Service (DPS), which is the state governmental agency that oversees water companies such as Forever Wild. As you are hopefully aware the DPS is in the process of reviewing the Forever Wild Water Company’s (FWWC) request for a rate increase.
He stated that the DPS received 50 public comments regarding this rate increase request. If you would like to review these comments you can access the DPS site using the following link: http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/MatterManagement/CaseMaster.aspx?MatterCaseNo=18-W-0074&submit=Search
He stated that many of those comments were concerned about the use of the $50 surcharge that has been a part of our quarterly water bill since 2009. To address these specific comments the DPS prepared a document titled “Summary or Revenues and Expenditures for Forever Wild Water Company, Inc’s Escrow Account from 2009 to 2017.
That $50 surcharge portion of our quarterly water bills has to be accounted for separately and held in an escrow account to be used for infrastructure purposes. This account and the expenditures made from this account is overseen and reviewed by the DPS. Mr. Horan asked specifically if I would share this document with the residents of AuSable Acres. And, accordingly, the 18 page document created by the DPS is attached to this posting. Click on the attachment below and then click on the page that is showing and the entire document will open for you.
This was sent as a mass email on 3/27/18. If you didn’t receive it, here it is.
To: AuSable Acre Home owners
From: The AuSable Acres Property Owners’ Association
RE: Rate Increase Request of the Forever Wild Water Company (FWWC) to the Dept. of Public Service
If you are a current customer of the FWWC you should have received a 3-page letter from the company regarding their request to the Department of Public Service for a rate increase.
Since their rates have remained unchanged since the beginning of 2010 they may well be able to justify an increase in their base rate. However, their request to the Department of Public Services (DPS) for an increase of 81.6% is certainly alarming.
The DPS must approve all rate requests prior to any increase going into effect. They have the ability to approve, reject, or modify this initial proposed request. The DPS may also consider the fact that, in addition to our basic rate, we are all currently paying an additional annual surcharge of $200 ($50 quarterly).
The AAPOA Board has drafted and is submitting a separate detailed comment to the DPS outlining our concerns.
As individual customers, we urge you to also comment directly to the
DPS. It is important that the DPS hear the concerns of individual customers regarding this request.
How to Respond
There is a website– http:/www.dps.ny.gov that you can access. If you select the “search” tab and insert the following case number: 18-W-0074 you will be directed to the appropriate page.
You can also send written comment to: Kathleen Burgess, Secretary to the Commission Department of Public Service
Comments are being accepted as of this date through April 29th. The DPS is likely to make a ruling on this rate increase request by Mid-May or shortly thereafter.
How to Post a Comment
Posting a comment is not difficult. When you go to the DPS website and put in the case number (see above), the main page regarding the FWWC’s request will appear.
There are several tabs. One tab for titled “filed Documents” is where you can see all of the information that the FWWC filed with the DPS. Another tab titled “Public Comment” is where you can read previously posted comments by other people.
Commenting: Again, once on the DPS’s website (www.dps.ny.gov), and have typed the case number (18-W-0074) into the “search” tab you will be at the main page where you can post your comment. On the bottom right side of the main page you’ll see a tab titled “post comments.”
Clicking on that tab directs you to a page that will allow you to enter your name, address, phone, email address, and room for you to write a comment (Up to 4000 characters, if you’re feeling really wordy). After your comment is written simply press the post comment button at the bottom and you’re done.
If you need some suggestions regarding what to write look at the previously posted comments for ideas. Also, below are some talking points that might prove helpful. The DPS does look at these comments. It is important for individual customers of the FWWC to make their feelings known to the DPS.
benefitted from improvements that have been made out of this fund
- The most recent improvement was the construction of a much
needed replacement water tower that services most of the Acres. Since its construction much of the surcharge is now going to pay off the loan that was secured by the FWWC to pay for the tower’s construction.
- We have not seen any accounting for the surcharge money which has been collected since July 2009, so we really do not know how much has been spent and what remains available in that account.
Again, it is important that the DPS considers our total cost—basic rate + surcharge.
We hope that you find the above information helpful. Water is essential to our lives and we need a viable company to deliver that service to our homes. But, we also need to keep the cost of that service affordable. It is important that during the next several weeks you express your feelings to the DPS as they begin their deliberations regarding this rate increase.
Pete DeFina, President AAPOA
As of today we have 167 paid members for 2018. We try to collect dues during the month of January so if you haven’t sent your dues in yet, the membership form is on the website under ‘Owner Resources’. Just print it, complete it, add your check and send it to the AAPOA. Your membership card and lovely decal (see below) will be sent to you in short order. Thanks in advance.
Pete DeFina, AAPOA President
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