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Mobile home park files second suit against Beloit

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ANN MARIE AMES
October 23, 2007
— The Rockvale Mobile Home Park has filed a second lawsuit against the town of Beloit after the first was dismissed in Rock County Court.

Attorneys for the park at 6219 S. Highway 51 filed suit in February, but Rock County Judge John Roethe dismissed it, saying the suit was filed incorrectly and was lacking information, town attorney Ken Forbeck said.


The park has appealed the dismissal and filed a new suit Oct. 4.


According to court documents, the park claims it has been overcharged for water and sewer service since 1997. Rockvale wants to be paid for the overcharges and court fees.


The Janesville Gazette could not reach Rockvale’s attorney to find out the amount of the claimed overcharges.


Here’s how the billing system works, as explained by Town Administrator Bob Museus:


-- The mobile home park is located in Rock Township and contracts with the town of Beloit for storm water and sewer services.


-- Rockvale bills park residents based on individual meters. The town of Beloit bills the park based on water flow from the park into the sewer. The park maintains the meter that measures that flow.


-- The outflow meter sometimes clogs, resulting in increased readings. The park would prefer to be billed on the individual home usage, Rockvale claimed in a 2005 complaint about the issue filed with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.


The flow into the sewer was greater than the amount of water residents used—1.7 million gallons compared to 1.4 million in 2004, the letter stated.


The PSC ruled in favor of the town of Beloit in 2005, Forbeck said.


The town, in 2006, billed Rockvale $113,841 for sewer services, Museus said.



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