FAIRVIEW— Fairview Town Council went into executive session Tuesday night to discuss how to provide water to its customers in the long-term.
Town recorder Heather Tuttle said the council was going to enter executive session around 8:30 p.m. “to discuss what we’re going to do.”
During the special town council meeting, Mayor Brian Shuck outlined the town’s options to the about 25 residents in attendance.
The most expensive choice was a $2.6 million refurbishment of the town’s plant while the other option was to hook up with Monumental Public Service District at a cost of $1.9 million.
Time is of the essence because Fairview has to let Monumental know of its decision by next week, according to Shuck.
He said there were would be a rate increase under either option, but it’s not known what it would be because it’s not known what grants or loans the town would be able to secure.
One resident, Clarence Mathews, thought it was a “no-brainer” to go with Monumental.
He said the town can’t depend on its wells because of fracking and mine subsidence.
He said the town had four wells and has lost one.
Another resident, who didn’t identify himself, also expressed support for going with Monumental because of subsidence and fracking.
But one resident, David Luton, said he didn’t see why the town should be so completely dependent on Monumental and thought it should have its own water for security.
West House of Delegates member Linda Longstreth brought some news from her and the other two delegates, Mike Caputo and Mike Angelucci. She said they are trying to get an economic development grant for the town of $30,000.
Earlier this year, the Marion County Health Department found traces of E. coli in Fairview’s water supply, but Shuck said that the issue has been resolved.