Lack of permit shuts off electricity protest
Hertford cuts off power to 62 residences
By Cathy Wilson
The Perquimans Weekly
Monday, August 03, 2009
About a half-dozen town residents planning to protest the high cost of utilities in Hertford on Monday were turned away from City Hall because they lacked a required permit.
The group tried to get a permit from the Hertford Police Department but could not because the police chief was not on duty.
Protest organizers said they would seek the permit when the chief returns to work and try to protest as soon as possible.
“Something’s got to be done about the high utility bills,” said Tommy Jones with the Young Democrats Community Center and Outreach Program. “The local citizens are having to make difficult choices: Pay their rent or pay the light bill. They don’t have the money to do both.”
Monday’s planned protest was spurred by a recent electricity cut-off to several residences for non-payment of power bills.
Hertford Clerk Cindy Sharber said 26 electrical disconnects were performed Thursday. All but five paid their overdue bill Friday with electricity restored that same day.
Thirty-six additional disconnects were scheduled for Monday if past due bills weren’t paid, she added.