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The light at the end of the tunnel

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At the March South Granville Water & Sewer Authority meeting, the chairman of the board congratulated the board for their hard work over the last few months. He said he “could see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

I don’t know how hard the board has worked but they have failed to elect a new executive director for almost a year. Board member Jimmy Gooch noted a setback in the search for executive director. They plan to go back to the search firm ad to revise the job description and basically “start over” with filling the position. Somehow the search process has failed.

The board quickly, without much thought, voted unanimously to spend $20,000 to hire a company that would examine the SGWASA finances and study their “loan structure.” They are $53 million in debt and need another $40 million for the ancient sewer system. More questions should have been asked by the board.

A water and sewer system that is 77 years old can only deteriorate faster than you can fix it. Planning day to day won’t work. We don’t need a SGWASA board. We need massive new plans to bring in loans, state money, federal money. A national emergency is at hand with the USA infrastructure including water authorities. Perhaps we need a state bond issue to raise money? A Butner commissioner has said that SGWASA is between a rock and a hard place.

Parts of the local area are now “shut down” growth-wise because of SGWASA’s problems.

People are widely reading about the economic and physical condition of SGWASA and the bottled water they will need to buy and the higher rates they will soon have to pay. No one will lend SGWASA more money; no matter what the $20,000 study says; no discussion as to why so many thousands of SGWASA customers in this area buy bottled water because the water smells or tastes bad.

Light at the end of the tunnel? Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel can be the light of an oncoming train.

Frank McKay