MAYFIELD HEIGHTS -- A homeowner who contested an unusually high water bill has made a payment agreement.
Marc Golub, who battled the water department for months, says he has agreed to pay $1,135.20 under the threat of having his water shut off.
Golub told his story in June to WKYC-TV.
At one point, Golub received a bill indicating he had used 92 times the expected or normal amount of water. He and his wife have lived in their Mayfield Heights house about six years.
He paid half the negotiated amount of $1,135.20 on Tuesday, and "must pay the balance in four equal payments," he wrote in an email. "Being late one day voids the payment plan. There's no compromise or consideration."
"Failure to meet their demands," Golub wrote, "terminates your water."
The homeowner had been in a pitched battle with the water department since late 2011. Golub insisted there was no way he could have used the amount of water for which he was being billed, but the water department concluded he was responsbile.
Golub had part of a bill forgiven in October, 2011, but the water department later said it should not have made the adjustment.
Water Department spokesman John Goersmeyer told WKYC that Golub had made arrangements to pay the bills for which he is responsible on an installment plan.
"It's an opportunity for all our customers to pay their remaining balance, and for us to work with them," Goersmeyer said, "to avoid any interruption in their water service."