Chiefland, Otter Creek water deal negotiations ongoing

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Rates at heart of matter

By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Despite hopes to the contrary and nearly two hours of debate, Town of Otter Creek officials and representatives left Chiefland City Hall Monday still not knowing where they stand on a months-long plea for clean, fresh water.

At the meeting, Otter Creek representatives asked that Chiefland Commissioners decide on a water rate – the most contested issue associated with the proposal to pump water down a 12-mile pipe from Chiefland to Otter Creek – so that plans might move forward, but commissioners took no vote on the matter at the end and asked that attorneys representing the two municipalities first meet on contract specifics.

Joe Mittauer, head of engineering firm Mittauer and Associates, started the night’s discussion off with a description of the problem Otter Creek faces.

“I think everybody knows the Town of Otter Creek has a very serious water quality problem,” he said.

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