Leland residents now to face fines for tampering with electrical meters

By CATHERINE KIRK CKIRK@DDTONLINE.COM,

LELAND — Leland residents can now expect to receive a fine for tampering with electrical meters.

At their monthly meeting Tuesday at Leland City Hall, the Leland Board of Aldermen adopted a resolution that anyone found guilty of tampering with the electrical meters within the City of Leland shall be fined the sum of $500 per offense.

Leland Mayor Kenny Thomas said until now, there was no ordinance with a fee for doing this, but as it has been a repeated problem recently, they felt it important to establish one.

“We have caught some people that have been stealing electricity by putting other meters on the house. If their electricity gets cut off, they put another meter on the house … we don’t know where they are coming from. Some put jumper wires on the electrical meter base,” Thomas said.

With the new ordinance, people found guilty of tampering with electrical meters can expect a fine and to go to court.

All Alderpersons, Barbara Brooks, Tammy Nealon, Lisa Bush, Andy Petro and Nancy King, voted in favor of the ordinance.

The ordinance will go into effect within 30 days.