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Sale of Antrim Water Authority sunk for now

March 22, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — The sale of the Antrim Water Authority is dead in the water following Tuesday’s 3-2 vote, according to Sam Miller, chairman of the Antrim Township Supervisors.

In a last-ditch effort to sell the water authority to Greencastle Area Franklin County Water Authority, Miller made a motion to sell the water system under GAFCWA’s last offer.

But, the motion failed with Miller and James Byers voting in favor of selling and Curtis Myers, Richard Baer, and Fred Young voting against the motion.

“I don’t want to keep dragging this out. Either we’re going to sell or not and we’re going to move on,” said Miller.

During the township supervisors’ March 15 work session, they discussed GAFCWA’s “final offer,” which Miller said offered to exempt everyone on Hykes and Bemisderfer roads and allow residents in the Hess Development to hook onto the water system by 2019 at a reduced tap fee.

“I think there is negotiation that can happen. I will not vote for that counter offer,” Young said.

“We are here to make the tough decisions for the 15,000 people in this township,” Byers said. “I want this to go through. I think this is good for this township. I don’t want 10 homes (in the Hess Development) to jeopardize this township.”

But, Young said while he is interested in selling, he thinks the township has been more than accommodating.

“You are loaning your tax payers’ money to a different authority. We have given and given. It is a smokin’ deal and to have them dig in their heels and say, ‘we’re going to take it off their hands,’” Young said.

After Miller’s motion to sell failed, in frustration he said, “As far as I’m concerned it’s a done deal. It’s not being sold.”

But, Young said if the GAFCWA comes back with another offer the township might consider it and sell.

“We’ve been talking about doing this for a year and a half,” Miller said in a phone interview after the meeting.

“I’m open for a counter-offer,” Miller said.

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