Salemburg town officials are warning citizens about a letter being mailed to citizens offering insurance for water service line emergencies, one the town has not endorsed.
“The town received a letter from a company called HomeServe, letting us know that they will be mailing solicitations for water service line emergencies to our residents beginning in April,” explained Juanita Faircloth, town clerk. “We got the letter on April 13, so I guess they began sending them out then. We wanted to tell you about it, so if a resident asked any of the commissioners, they would know more about it.”
Faircloth said the company was offering protection against line damage. “If your lines burst, they are selling protection from your meter to your house, which we don’t cover,” she said. “They are going to try and sell you insurance, for lack of a better word, for that.”
The letter, from HomeServe CEO Thomas Rusin, states that repairing a section of a water line could cost an average of $2,300. It also says that Salemburg residents are being asked to purchase insurance coverage through the company.
Some board members said repairing a water line pipe shouldn’t cost that much. “I repaired mine by myself one time and I had about $40-50 in it,” said mayor pro tem Joe Warren.
“Are you talking about repairs and all?” asked Mayor Bobby Strickland.
“Yes, it wasn’t that much,” Warren answered. “It was about five years ago and I did it all.”
The letter ended with Rusin stating that the coverage is valuable to Salemburg homeowners and that the service will bring “more repair work” to contractors in the community.
Still, the board wasn’t convinced.
“Maybe we can get it in the paper and let our citizens know that our town does not endorse this,” Faircloth noted. “And if someone asks the mayor of commissioners about it, they will know that we do not.”
The board briefly discussed mosquito spraying in the short meeting Thursday. Citizens will be notified in the very near future that spraying will start June 1 through the second week of October.
For more information on the letter or spraying call 910-525-5650.
To reach Doug Clark call 910-592-8137 ext. 123 or email to email@example.com.