PLAQUEMINE, La. (BRPROUD) — On Wednesday, the City of Plaquemine announced that they will send out notifications via email to city utility customers for their past due bills.
After not cutting off customers back in the summer, due to the extreme temperatures, the City of Plaquemine is stepping in.
According to a news release from the City of Plaquemine mayor’s office, Plaquemine Mayor Edwin “Ed” Reeves Jr. sent out letters giving a one-month courtesy to utility customers at the beginning of October.
“We have tried to be fair with customers by giving them 30 days’ notice to get the past due amounts paid up,” said Reeves Jr. “The utility system is like any other business. It cannot continue to allow this high volume of bills in arrears. Also, it’s not fair to the many customers who pay their bills on time; and it’s illegal for the City to give away utilities.”
In addition to the mayor’s letter sent at the beginning of October, Reeves Jr. also sent out a disconnect notice on Oct. 24 for customers to pay their past due balances for electrical, water, sewer and natural gas services in the city, according to a news release from the City of Plaquemine mayor’s office.
Customers were alerted in the mayor’s letter that if they didn’t pay their due amounts, their services would be cut off starting on Nov. 7.
According to a news release from the City of Plaquemine mayor’s office, the re-connect fee is $15 per utility service and city workers will not be available after-hours or during the weekend to re-connect customers.