OAKLAND CITY — During Tuesday’s Oakland City Common Council meeting Mayor James Deffendall told council members there were 49 letters sent out to community members regarding outstanding water bills.

An executive order Governor Eric Holcomb signed in early March prohibited utility providers from discontinuing service of what were deemed essential services like gas, electric and water.

Since that time, local municipalities have been unable to shut off customers due to outstanding bills or introduce penalties such as late fees.

Holcomb announced Wednesday afternoon during his weekly press conference that he would be extending the moratorium on utility shutoffs and penalties through Aug. 14.

This aligns with the moratorium on evictions from rental properties and prohibition on filing foreclosures.

The 49 letters sent out in Oakland City were for a total $19,000.

Deffendall said they wanted to give residents an idea of where they stand.

“Some are pretty high,” he said.

City attorney Roman Ricker said he recommends letting those residents know that they need to be prepared to cooperate with some sort of payment plan once the governor’s order is lifted.

Other business

The Oakland City fireworks have been moved in accordance with governor’s orders regarding events. Deffendall said the hope would be to hold them in September.

sloesch@pdclarion.com

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