WESTERNPORT - Citizens of Westernport who tamper with water meters resulting in damage to the unit will receive a hefty fine and be responsible for replacement of the meter.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
WESTERNPORT - Citizens of Westernport who tamper with water meters resulting in damage to the unit will receive a hefty fine and be responsible for replacement of the meter.
Mayor Daniel Laffey said at the recent town council meeting that residents are “taking off the lids of the water meters.”
He said that an antenna is located on the top of the meter, and, “A cable goes down through the meter.”
He added that, when the meter is not opened in a correct manner, damage could cause the meter not to operate correctly.
Laffey said that three or four people had been to the office recently to report malfunctioning in their water meters.
“If a citizen damages a water meter, they will be billed for the cost of the meter, which is $1,800,” Laffey said, adding that a fine of $500 will be imposed on the citizens who tamper with the meter.
He said that if anyone thinks there is a problem with their water meter they should “call the office or filter plant for assistance.”
In other business for the Westernport council, finance commissioner Bob Lupton spoke about three upcoming events in the community and he named the Christmas tree lighting, placement of holiday decorations throughout the town, and the Christmas Parade.
He said, “Donations will be accepted and we appreciate any help,” for these events, and he urged the citizens “to dig in.”
Laffey said the holiday activities “get bigger and better each year,” and he added that three bands will be coming for the annual Christmas parade, and, “We have given them money for the past several years.”
In addition, a final reading and passage of a new ordinance took place during the town meeting.
The ordinance deals with large trucks and trailers parking on community streets.