Sewer Sale Meeting Topic
Nov. 6—Voting to accept the candidacy was the only item on the agenda
On Wednesday morning, Lawrence County commissioners had a quick meeting on the proposed Union-Rome sewer system sale.
The meeting lasted about a minute and a half and was so short because the proposal was not on the agenda for Monday’s commissioners’ meeting.
The only item on the agenda was for the commissioners to vote to formally accept Aqua Ohio’s bid and associated proposal for the potential sale of the Union-Rome Sewer System District.
Commissioners DeAnna Holliday and Colton Copley both voted in favor of the proposal. Commissioner Freddie Hayes Jr. was not present.
The “yes” vote does not mean the Union-Rome sewer system has been sold, but rather that the commissioners’ legal counsel, the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office, can review the proposed deal and negotiate the best deal. for the county.
Copley said the proposed deal is “within the range of what we’d like to entertain” and that they want to make a “fair deal for the county for the county if we’re going to sell an asset that’s owned by the county. We want us to sure it’s the best deal.
“We think with this deal we’re in the ballpark of what we’d like to have with Aqua,” Copley said, the motion allows the prosecutor to “review the offer and come up with something that would be an acceptable deal.” between the county and Aqua.”
Copley said they were looking at sewer system asset ratios and who could provide the best services to the community and came to the conclusion that “we should entertain the idea that a company that deals daily sewage and water to help run this system rather than the government.
Copley said it’s hard to say how long the negotiations might take.
“It would be something between the prosecutor and Aqua’s (legal) attorney,” he said. “I don’t know what their timelines are, it could be quick or it could take a long time.”
In September, the commission voted to approve a resolution stating that it was necessary to sell the sewer system. Holliday and Copley voted for the resolution, with Hayes voting against.
Holliday said the resolution allowed the commission to review proposals and offers and “It’s in no way an effort to say ‘yes, we’re selling’. We haven’t made a decision.”
The Union Rome sewer plant was built for approximately $25 million in 2008 funded by a loan from the Ohio Water Development Authority.