FAIR HAVEN — Businesses, local schools and churches will now have to apply to receive credit at the Fair Haven transfer station.
Select Board members this week unanimously approved a policy that gives them the power to give credit to local businesses dumping their trash at the transfer station.
Under the new policy, credit will be given for 60 days and businesses will be billed monthly. All applicants will go through a background check before the board approves any credit.
“At the background check, at a minimum, it would be looking to see if they are up to date with property taxes, sewer and water fees and other financial obligations to the town of Fair Haven,” Town Manager Herbert Durfee said before the policy was adopted. “That would be the minimum.”
He said if any issues arose, the board could do a more in-depth background check.
Asked Monday night about penalties for missing a payment, the board said a business would lose its credit and would have to pay for their trash with cash, as it is usually done.
“The idea of this is that people are being granted the privilege of credit,” Durfee told residents at the meeting, “If they are granted credit and they don’t pay their credit on time — that is the reason we are doing the ... 60-day type things — they would not be extended in the future.”
The board did not discuss establishing a fee for seeking credit, though Durfee said Wednesday he might propose it in the future if necessary.
The transfer station has been extending credit for some time, but the town has had no set policy — a concern raised by the town’s external auditors last month.
The auditors said the decision to extend credit falls on the Select Board and not on the attendants at the transfer station, and there needs to be set guidelines.
Information on the new policy is expected to be published at the transfer station soon.
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