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Council President Suglia: Kodiak water letter might lead to court

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 2/7/18

The Press & Journal sent the Kodiak letter aimed at Harborton Court residents about the high cost of water rates to several current Middletown borough councilors, including Vice President Dawn …

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Council President Suglia: Kodiak water letter might lead to court

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The Press & Journal sent the Kodiak letter aimed at Harborton Court residents about the high cost of water rates to several current Middletown borough councilors, including Vice President Dawn Knull and Councilor Ben Kapenstein.

Knull in recent months has made public statements at council meetings expressing alarm over how much water and sewer bills may increase in the borough.

In December 2017, Knull pushed for what would have been Middletown’s first borough property tax increase since 2008, in part so the borough could help offset a monthly $50 surcharge that Knull said Suez was looking to impose on residents.

Knull was outvoted by the rest of council, and the 2018 budget was adopted with no tax increase.

Knull declined comment on the Kodiak letter.

Kapenstein is the only current council member who was in office when council approved the lease in 2014. As then-council finance committee chairman, Kapenstein advocated for the lease deal with then-United Water and KKR, and voted for it. Kapenstein did not respond to a request for comment.

Council President Damon Suglia said he knows of the letter from Kodiak, but that borough Solicitor Adam Santucci has recently sent an email to council advising members not comment publicly about the letter.

Suglia said that the issue may be heading to court, based on Santucci’s email. Suglia declined to provide further details.