Briarwood residents has their water shut off after refusing to pay increased monthly fee
PLYMOUTH, Ind -- A private residential estate called Briarwood was forced to go without water for over 24 hours because 24 residents refused to pay more management's new fee of $250.
The initial fee for residents was $117 and although is back on for the residents, they say it's deeper than the water.
The water was cut off Tuesday morning when residents noticed their faucets didn't work and they didn't get any warnings.
"Just this week, yesterday morning around 8:30 or 9, they shut the water off," said resident Steven Angel.
The dispute between the management company and the residents of Briarwood has been ongoing for months.
Residents say that they own their lots and homes on the estates and this method of hiking prices is unreasonable.
"They’ve been trying to bully and intimidate us," said Angel.
The monthly assessment covers things like snow removal, sewer, trash, lawn mowing, and most importantly, water.
"We can’t go without water. There’re 28 homes here and there’s people in here that’s disabled. There’re younger children. I have a son and daughter that’s disabled and we just got to be able to have water," said Angel.
The community says that because of the new fee and other issues with the Lendterra management company, it forced the community to become closer together and hire an attorney to file a lawsuit.
I spoke with Plymouth city attorney who has been working with the attorney resident's hired to get the water turned on and he shared his thoughts on the matter.
"Requested that a new account be opened in a different company’s name and they transferred the deposit that was on file with the city over to that company and requested that the utilities be turned back on in the name of that new company," said Plymouth city attorney Sean Surrisi.