The state Public Service Commission came to the Grant Town Community Building for a long, often exciting hearing on the state of the Minister’s Run Water Association Thursday afternoon.

Administrative Law Judge Keith George presided over the hearing, which included testimony from Marion County Commissioner Guy Ward, PSC staff, community members, Grant Town Mayor Bob Riggs and MRWA President Lily Parker.

About halfway through the nearly four hour meeting, Parker walked out and was followed into the parking lot by a resident and yelling could be heard through the partially opened door.

At that point, George told PSC staff Parker’s exit was “indicative of my skepticism” that the MRWA could manage the system on its own.

George expressed that opinion several times throughout the hearing, and questioned the competency of the MRWA’s management frequently.

In September 2011, Riggs sent a letter to the PSC asking that the agency intervene in the situation. Basically, the MRWA, which purchases water from Grant Town, hadn’t paid its bill. Grant Town purchases its water from the City of Fairmont. In September, the MRWA owed Grant Town about $11,000. By November, that total had reached $16,673. The current charge is about $32,000.

Look for the complete story in tomorrow's Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

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