Nicholas Katzban, Staff Writer, @NicholasKatzban

The village of Ridgewood has hired a consultant to recalculate water utility rates for 2010 through 2012, under the terms of a ruling in a lawsuit brought by other municipalites.

In July, Superior Court Judge Lisa Perez Friscia in Bergen County ruled in favor of Wyckoff, Midland Park and Glen Rock, which are served by Ridgewood Water and had sued the village over several rate increases they alleged were improper. The municipalities argued that Ridgewood Water was overcharging and using the excess fees to cover unrelated operating costs for the village.

In her judgment, Perez Friscia ruled that Ridgewood was “capricious” and “unreasonable” when it raised rates, and ordered Ridgewood to recalculate proper costs for those years and pay any difference back to the plaintiffs.