2007-12-01 / News

Millersport water deal called 'no brainer'

Millersport By Scott Rawdon

MILLERSPORT- Millersport council member Dave Levacy is simply waiting for the Buckeye Lake Council to make up its mind. He said Millersport's offer to provide public water to Buckeye Lake Village is a "no-brainer," and, from his perspective, he's not willing to deviate much from what Millersport has offered to Buckeye Lake.

In a nutshell, Millersport is offering public water to Buckeye Lake at $3.15 per $1,000 gallons (additional fees would apply for Buckeye Lake residents) and Millersport would charge Buckeye Lake a one-time $300,000 tap fee. Buckeye Lake officials are in the process of deciding whether to accept Millersport's offer, to wait for a possible offer from the Village of Hebron, or to create a village operated water treatment plant. Currently, the Buckeye Lake Council appears to favor Millersport, but no contract has been signed. Millersport has aggressively made offers to Buckeye Lake, while talks with Hebron have proceeded slowly.

Levacy said Mike Carder, president of GGC Engineering - the company serving as the Village of Millersport's engineers - met with the Millersport Board of Public Affairs Monday night to discuss the offer to Buckeye Lake. Levacy said that BPA members had some basic questions about the offer to Buckeye Lake Village, but realistically, "The ball's in (Buckeye Lake's) court. At this point in time, it's up to them." If Buckeye Lake negotiates with Millersport reasonably, said Levacy, he believes an agreement can be reached between the two villages.

He was disappointed by Buckeye Lake Village's decision to present Millersport's proposal to the Hebron Village Council for a possible counter offer. Levacy understands that Buckeye Lake is trying to cover all its bases and that Buckeye Lake is eager to move ahead, but he said he would've preferred that Hebron create its own proposal and compare notes with Millersport directly.

If an agreement is reached and Millersport supplies Buckeye Lake with water, Levacy said he couldn't guarantee the $3.15 per 1,000 gallons rate by the time Buckeye Lake residents turn on their faucets (which may take about two years from the time an agreement is signed) because Millersport may reasonably increase its rates for everyone on the system by that time. "Wages go up and so forth," he said. If there is an increase in rates by the time water was running in Buckeye Lake, he said, everyone else on the system would have the same increase.

"We consider (Millersport's) offer more than fair," he said.

Buckeye Lake Director of Development Valerie Hans said Buckeye Lake officials will speak with Carder soon about his meeting with the Millersport BPA.

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