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Refunds on the way for Lynnfield Center Water District ratepayers

LYNNFIELD — Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD) ratepayers who paid their water bills following an astronomical rate hike last year will soon get a refund.

Last month, LCWD rescinded the December rate increase, which in some cases topped 1,800 percent. The panel reversed their vote after residents complained about the increase and the panel’s attorney determined the vote was improper.

Customers who paid the higher rate will get a refund with the revised bills on March 1, according to Chairwoman Constance E. Leccese. Water prices were rolled back to the previous year’s rates.

The embattled commission will have at least two new commissioners and a new superintendent this spring.

One of the three commissioners, Kenneth Burnham, who also served as water superintendent, has retired, and Leccese resigned effective at the end of March.

Commissioner Richard M. Lamusta told The Item Monday night he has not decided whether to seek re-election. He has until March 1 to make up his mind.

At the next Special District Meeting on Monday, Feb. 25, at Lynnfield Middle School, Robert Almy, a geologist with 40 years of experience, will be the only candidate for commissioner on the ballot. If elected, he will take the seat vacated by Burnham.

At the district’s annual meeting on April 1, the seat vacated by Leccese will be on the ballot and Lamusta is up for re-election. Joseph Maney is the only candidate so far. The longtime Lynnfield resident has not posted his credentials on the district’s website.

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