By Lucas Vance firstname.lastname@example.org
April 11, 2014
WINNSBORO —Contract talks for the purchase of water between the Town of Winnsboro and Mid County Water appear to be on the up and up.
The two sides met on Wednesday and as a result of those discussions, which lasted approximately an hour, the Town of Winnsboro’s water committee will recommend council extend the cutoff period to allow for continued negotiation.
“It was a progressive meeting with some healthy discussion,” water committee attorney John Fantry told The Herald Independent on Thursday.
The water committee will recommend full council to extend Mid County Water’s shutoff date, scheduled for April 16, by six weeks.
That recommendation will come at the next regular council meeting on April 15 and will need a vote to be approved.
The water committee consist of Winnsboro Mayor Roger Gaddy, Winnsboro Town Manager Don Wood and Winnsboro Councilman Clyde Sanders.
Fantry said talks are still fluid, but the main points holding up a full contract include the price and amount of water.
Mid County’s current rate is $3.75 per 1,000 gallons and is proposed to be increased to $5.83 per 1,000 gallons.
The existing contract allows Mid County five million gallons per month, but over the last two years Mid County has averaged 6.4 million gallons per month.
The Town of Winnsboro gave the approval to town manager Don Wood to cut off Mid County Water taps after taking a vote in their regular council meeting on April 1 following unsuccessful negotiations.
If Mid County Water is cut off, it could affect nearly 5,600 folks including Kelly Miller Elementary School and Jenkinsville Water Company.
Mid County Water supplies a portion of Jenkinsville Water Company’s water.