2008-10-25 / Editorials & Letters

Kirkersville water deal called 'reasonable'

Editor:

Last winter Kirkersville had a public meeting for people interested in the details of a proposed water service agreement between the Southwest Licking Community Waster & Sewer District and the Village of Kirkersville. Officials explained that water would be supplied to the village in two phases. Phase 1 would water for the village to resell to the Kirkersville Elementary School north of U.S. 40 and to the businesses south of I-70 by following the former Ohio 158.

Phase 2 would be voluntary and would not be built until a majority of the property owners along a proposed water line voted for service. There would be no connection fees for property owners and businesses physically reising and currently operating within the Kirkersville boundaries (para 6.3).

These proposals sounded reasonable to me because both public entities would profit form the sale of water and Kirkersville would gain property taxes on the new businesses that public water would attract.

An agreement was signed in February 2008, and that is what is now subject to a referendum, seeking to overturn it. The agreement only make mention of Phase 1 (para 2.7) and refers to Exhibit A. Exhibit A is a village map and does not indicate Phase 1 or 2. Water will be provided by someone at sometime for businesses, but a clearer agreement needs to be drafted.

Harold Martin Kirkersville property owner

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