Oh, remember when the JCWSA members told everyone they had
looked at all possible water sources in the County? In fact
this has been stated more than once to imply that the TWG and
others didnít know what they were talking about. Frank
Sherill, their engineer, told us all at the public meeting in
December, 2003 that there were no viable water sources in Jasper
County and our only alternative was to buy into Bear Creek
Reservoir (a proposed project with no permit).
During the Bear Creek Reservoir Committee meetings when the
subject of wells was brought up by a few of the members, one
member in particular raised his voice and told us all how stupid
that was and didnít want to hear about wells again. Oooppps!
The JCWSA has now found water IN Jasper County, and itís
wonderful! Quoting from the Monticello News, ďMr. Pound said that
he had learned that when the creek was operating as a water source
three years ago it produced 200 gallons per minute for a million
gallons a day consistently over three months of usage.
ďCedar Creek could be a great resource for water," he said.Ē Guess
what? Maybe those on the Bear Creek Reservoir Committee that
had done some research did know what they were talking about!
The JCWSA meeting also had some lively discussion from four
members in particular; in fact, you could say that the comments
bordered on slander. It seems that several members donít
like it that the BOC didnít reappoint the members submitted by the
JCWSA board at the last meeting. Mr. Pound was quoted in
the News as saying, ďhe understood some of the new commission's
objectives.Ē We recall that the JCWSA members didnít have a
problem with the past BOC appointing members to the Alcovy Shores
Water Board that were not the same people recommended by that
board. In fact, if our memory serves us correctly, many felt that
the BOC had the right to do so. They must feel differently now
that the shoe is on the other foot.
The BOC is authorized
by the legislation organizing the Authority to appoint their
members; that is the only way you will ever have any board or
authority accountable to the people.
The members of the JCWSA need to remember, it isnít their
private water system. They have run water lines wherever they
felt there could or would be development, not where industry
could locate. They now owe $2.4 million and Mr. Brazil
stated in an editorial that they have 200 customers.
There is nothing wrong with new visionóincluding looking at
different areas to provide water to, looking for different water
sources (which was not done until a few months ago), and other
forward looking ideas; new blood is not always bad. We need
people to serve that are interested in water more than
development. Thatís the type of people the BOC should appoint
to the JCWSA.