[Amended 3-21-2005 by L.L. No. 2-2005]
It shall be a misdemeanor for any customer or their agent or representative, other than a person employed by or representing the Town to remove, replace, alter, damage, bypass, or otherwise tamper with any water meter or water measurement device or components thereof, including but not limited to the locking collar, meter face, dials, or other water usage indicators, or taking any action for the purpose of causing any meter to produce inaccurate meter readings.
In addition to any criminal penalty that may be assessed by a court of competent jurisdiction, the person responsible for the water meter shall pay:
For the repair or replacement of the meter;
A revised billing, calculating the water billing for the period of time the Town determines the meter was not properly operating, based on the usage history of the same property or a similar structure or use;
A tampering fine of $150 or twice the revised billing, whichever is greater.
The Town Board may, after notice and an opportunity to be heard, order that water service be discontinued to the subject meter unless a bond or deposit is submitted to the Town, sufficient in the Town Board's opinion, to cover any potential future water losses or meter damage.
In the event that a meter reading cannot be made, usage will be estimated, and a bill will be prepared based on such estimated reading. The estimate will be made on previous annual consumption. Estimates made by the Town shall be conclusively binding on the customer.