Now that collection notices are being sent out for past-due sanitation fees, several hundred Dickson County residents who have refused to pay the $10 a month are facing possible court action that could result in a lien on their property. And even two years after the fee was started, many are claiming they were not aware it existed until they got their collection letters. Most of those who seek relief from the Dickson County Sanitation Board are not finding satisfaction and several are threatening to sue the county. At Tuesday night’s board meeting, a Williamson County Line Road resident said she was unaware of the sanitation fee because she never opens her electric bill, paying it online. The sanitation fee is mailed out and collected by the Dickson Electric System. The woman told the board she has been billed a monthly fee for an electric meter on her garage and did not learn of the fee and her right to exempt the garage until she had accumulated 18 months of past-due fees and late charges in excess of $250. The sanitation board said it had done all it could to make residents aware of the new fee in 2011 and that it has no authority for forgiving past-due fees. A Hermitage resident told the board she received a collection notice for a vacant house in Dickson County with past-due fees over $300. She said the home has been vacant since she moved out in 2010 but she kept the utilities on. Since she pays the bills online, she said she never saw the sanitation fee notices. The board also told her she could file the paperwork to get the vacant home exempted, but she still will be held responsible for the past-due fees. Solid Waste Management Superintendent Jim Lunn said now that a collection agency and the county’s attorneys are sending out notices to past-due accounts, his office is being inundated with calls seeking relief. But board Chairman Ken Nafe said there was a two-month grace period for filing exemptions or seeking fee reductions when the fee was instituted in July 2011 and after that time the board has no authority to forgive past-due amounts.