ANDERSON – The city of Anderson collected almost $67,000 in bad debts owed to the four utility departments in March.
Renissa Harry, utility finance manager, said Tuesday during the Board of Public Works meeting that the payments were made on accounts the city utilities had previously written off as uncollectable.
In some cases, the written-off delinquent bills were collected when residents wanted to turn on utilities at a different location, Harry said.
The Board of Works also discovered $53,000 owed to Anderson Municipal Light & Power by residents who illegally reconnected their electrical service.
Detective Joel Sandefur, public information officer, said the Anderson Police Department is investigating utility fraud.
Harry said the city controller’s office collected $53,901 that was owed to Light & Power; $2,938 that was owed to the Anderson Water Department; more than $9,251 that was owed to the sewer department; and $399 that was owed to the city’s stormwater department.
In other business, the board awarded a contract to Resolve Tech for $64,850 to upgrade the heating and air conditioning systems in the Anderson City Building. Resolve Tech was the lower of two bids received for the work; the other bid of $68,970 was submitted by Indy Controls.
Frank Burrows said the systems’ upgrade has been a two-year project.
“The heating and air conditioning systems are in bad shape,” Burrows said. “In the winter we turn the boilers on and off and in the summer we turn the chillers on for the air conditioning.”
The thermostats that were installed in the building in 1969 are no longer working, he said.
“The system has deteriorated to the point where we can’t control it anymore,” Burrows said. “The work is long overdue.”
The new system will allow city officials to control different zones in the building for heating and air conditioning.
“There has been no annual update to this building,” he said.
Anderson included funding in the 2014 budget for the system upgrades. Burrows said the work should start in late May or early June.
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