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Residents spout off on possible water sale

December 4, 2013

South Whitley Town Council conducted a public hearing to discuss the potential of selling the town’s water utility to a third-party business. An ordinance was passed to allow the town to consider all options for improving South Whitley’s water, including selling. Pictured, residents and council members listen as Scott Darley, who owns property in South Whitley, stands to give his opinion of a possible sale. Christie Workman/Post & Mail photo.

SOUTH WHITLEY — It was standing-room only in the South Whitley Town Council chambers for a public hearing held Tuesday night.

Residents came to learn more about the possible sale of the town’s water utility.

Poor water quality and the need for infrastructure upgrades had prompted the council to look at funding alternatives. Selling the utility would mean costly upgrades and maintenance expenses would become the burden of the buyer, not the town.

However, citizens voiced two main concerns at the public hearing ­­— rates and control.

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