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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Franklin loses $60K of water to Norfolk

FRANKLIN

Franklin town councilors were surprised to learn at a recent meeting that more than a dozen Norfolk residences on School Street and Hassler and Mill River Roads had received water from Franklin wells for more than a decade.

According to Mark Cerel, town counsel, there was an agreement between the two towns under which Norfolk was to pump an equal amount of water back into Franklin, but it hinged on state approval of a well that was never constructed.

Over the years, he said, the deal was forgotten due to staff turnover in town departments.

The residents did pay bills -- to Norfolk -- for Franklin's water, Cerel said, adding that it would be politically sticky for Franklin to get the money back.

Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting sought council approval to end the situation with an intermunicipal agreement that would allow Norfolk to bill the residents on Franklin's behalf, starting immediately.

Nutting estimated the value of 10 years of water sent to the Norfolk residents at $60,000.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

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