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August 4, 2013

Letters to the Editor 8/4/13

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Don’t approve water plan

Dear Editor:

The articles in last week’s papers regarding the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority’s plan to build a pipeline under the Tennessee River to transfer water from Decatur to handle Limestone County growth needs gave me shivers and a horrible feeling.  

My wife and I moved up to Athens from Birmingham in February 2011, and this plan by the LCWSA is a lousy idea. Jefferson County, a few years ago, decided to build a tunnel under the Cahaba River to handle sewage in a growing area of Jefferson County, despite opposition from many of the residents.  

They went ahead with their plans and construction and it wasn’t long before costs ballooned. Other problems were incurred as well.  

Finally, after very much wasted money, time, and resources, the project was cancelled, but the borrowed funds still needed to be paid back and the money was not there. Plans were made to pay off the debt, one of which would have quadrupled the water/sewer bills for residents and one that would have required non-sewer users — those with septic tanks or other systems — to help pay for the boondoggle. What finally resulted is the largest municipal/county bankruptcy in the nation until Detroit’s bankruptcy that has just recently occurred. It has supposedly finally been settled and the residents are paying for it.  

LCWSA’s plan seems to be just such a boondoggle, which is going to cost Limestone County residents far more than it would be worth. To me, it would be very irresponsible to approve the plan.  

Also, the problems of going under the Tennessee River, a very much larger river than the Cahaba in Jefferson County, could easily be far more than what the backers of the plan are even considering. That is what happened down south of us.  

I would surely hope that there are wiser people up here. Although my wife and I come under Athens Water and Sewer and not Limestone County, city residents will end up paying in the end based on experience learned. Please LCWSA, don’t approve this plan.

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