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4 Thursday, October 30, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Service Forum " Auto Accidents Bankruptcy Cflminal Defense Divorce lncorpormlon Wills & Trusts Law Offices of Louis M. Mlnlcozzl,lll A Professional Corporatn Pahmmp 361 S. Frontage Rd. - Suite 2 Telephone (702) 751-1200 Las Vegas 333N. ILlmcho Dr. - Suite 410 Telephone (702) 648-4950 T011 Free: (888)246-1960 Canteen Bakery & Party Shop 1061 E. Second St. llb (7O2) 727-744700 Sugar Free our famousSpecialty Cakes Pies & Pastry  Pies & Bread Assorted Donuts & Goodies Hr'.- 4:30 am - 1:30 pm Tues - Sat VALLEY BIKES Pets IIessorles Service _ 751-2453 GT  OmOOOHKti (tl Speed Mmmtab |tk,s) at $t!9.99 Gift Ideas, Skateboards Sporting Goods & Games 60-Day Christmas Layaway 141 S. PSC hears consumer complaints to rate increase Continued from front page penses for 1996 totaled over $24,000 more than revenue generated. The Harris' applied to the PSC asking for a $7.80 per lot increase on residential homes, a $5 per load charge for water trucks, sewer service to be increased from $12 to $16.73 and commercial service to be increased from $29 to nearly $245. "What they have asked for is out of line and I feel comfortable in saying that," said Chris Van Dyke of the State Attorney General's Consumer Advocate Division. Van Dyke said his office does not usually get involved in small water cases like the Harris' unless there is significant public outcry. He said there were a number of letters and calls to his office from the residents in the two subdivisions to prompt his representation. Nearly 100 of these residents showed up to protest Desert Utilities request. Much of the concern centered on the fact that they are already paying for improvements and that the cost passed on to the consumer is getting to be too much. "When Harris first took over, everyone in Allen Estates was happy," said resident Vic Johnson. "If we had found what Will the per- son or people who stole the Pepsi Chairs and the boom box from in front of the Pahrump Val- ley Gazette offices at 1570 E. Highway 372, last Wednesday October 22, please bring them back. No questions asked. They belong to a little girl and we ha- ven't been able to explain why someone would come along and steal her belongings. Pahrump Valley Gazette Voice 727-5583 Fax 727-7192 1570 E. Hwy 372 we have today, with a $1,200 hookup charge, plus the surcharge, plus the regular rate, I'm sure people would shop around." Fellow Allen Estates resident Bob Belimore said that he felt the rate increases might actually benefit Harris's side projects, which include two mobile home projects that would be developed in the area at a later date. He also read a bulletin from Desert Utilities in which they allegedly stated the improvements made would be no cost to the consumer. The idea of switching to a meter system was mentioned. Residents said they wouldn't mind paying for the water they use, but didn't like the idea of covering other's costs as well with a fiat rate. PSC Senior Auditor Mike Chapman said that in order for the meter system to work, all of the homes had to be hooked up to it. A time period would also have to be set in which the average use of consumers was taken to figure the base rate. Alice Richardson had a different problem with the water. She said she incurred over $20,000 in damage due to ph levels in her pipes and water supply. Ultimately her insurance covered the cost, but when she asked Harris if Desert Utilities Operations Manager Bob Stamper was licensed to handle these concerns, he replied that he was not. "It is really frustrating," Richardson said. "They want to make us pay more and for what? They can't tend to the problems they have now." Currently Desert Utilities services 141 customers in the two subdivisions. Harris said that their company is trying to do everything by the book and still provide quality service to its clients. "It is our goal to provide good clean water," he said. "We are-just trying to be fair to both ourselves and to customers who have found they pay the same as the neighbor next to him who uses three times the amount." The formal heating is set for November 25 at the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas. Johnson said after the meeting that he feels the residents have a good chance based on the testimony heard. Call Mrs, Clean Commercial Seal Grout Clean -up & cleaning Residential Carpet Cleaning Windows and" more .... Senior Discount World Marketing Alliance, Inc. is the riot company, in the right place, at exactly the right moment in time People want to know two things: 1) How Money Works 2) Alternative Ways to Make Money We have the answers. 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