Alcovy Shores Lawsuit
It looks like even
though Alcovy Shores proposed a resolution in order to avoid
further legal action and save legal fees, the County
Attorney did his best to throw a monkey wrench in the deal. Greg
Johnson made the motion that the Jasper County Service Delivery
Agreement and Map be amended to end the dispute between ASWA and
JCWSA. The resolution would allow them to share service within this
area even though itís in Alcovy Shores 5 mile radius. However,
JCWSA would not be allowed to further its presence in the area but
could serve where they have lines now. A new map would be drawn up
to show this and submitted to DCA. Jim Brown of ASWA said he would
rather have their entire area in the 5-mile radius, but felt that
the legal wrangling could be stopped to save the county and all
involved money. Dan Roberts said that the BOC can change the
map whenever they agreed to it, but brought up
something about the City of Monticello needs to be asked and Turtle
Cove water system wouldnít be included. Charles Hill then picked up
on this and kept commenting about the City of Monticello who is
nowhere near Alcovyís 5-mile radius. The vote was 3 for, 1 abstain
(Hill) and 1 against (Pennamon). Since that time the City of Shady
Dale has agreed with the resolution, but the City of Monticello
wonít go along. Therefore, the court hearing will be held
Tuesday, February 15, 2004 at 9:00am.
Mr. Francis Cason asked at the end of meeting why Mr. Hill and Mr.
Pennamon werenít concerned about how everyone felt 5 years ago when
the map was drawn. Alcovy Shores was affected then but they werenít
consulted, and Mr. Hill and Mr. Pennamon didnít seem to care then.
Now ASWA has to spend legal fees to correct all that.
We keep hearing
that the JCWSA board members are saying that the reason they went
into ASWA area is because ASWA wasnít expanding. Our question
continues to be, WHY did JCWSA have to go into this small area to
start when they had the whole rest of the County to serve??
WHY didnít they go down Highway 142 where all that Industrial Growth
they are supposed to bring in would be? How is it that they say
ASWA didnít serve anyone when the growth in the County didnít really
start until 2-3 years ago when the past BOC started approving
subdivisions one after another? There wasnít ďall this growthĒ
going on that ASWA failed to serve. No, JCWSA wanted that
particular area because they thought that AT&T would be building a
big project in that area, but that project fell through. Now after
spending over $4 million dollars, they were only serving 92
customers at the end of November 2004. This court case should be
very interesting to say the least.