Bronson to discuss water with Otter Creek

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Bronson officials have had a change of heart in dealing with some of their neighbors.

Town Council members voted unanimously Monday night in favor of approaching nearby Otter Creek with discussion about providing the town water, which officials there have been trying to get from other municipalities after state agencies ordered them to fix a dangerous water quality issue.

"I was gonna' go to Otter Creek ... and see if they want to get their water from us," Council Member Berlon Weeks said, acknowledging concern after reading that Otter Creek is considering a lawsuit with the City of Chiefland after having been denied water after a year-long negotiation process.

Otter Creek is claiming it suffered damages in its dealings with Chiefland.

Bronson Mayor Franklin Schuler said Monday he had heard secondhand that Otter Creek may have lost out on some of its grant funding for a water line project because Chiefland officials were "dragging" their feet.

Attempts were made to contact Otter Creek Mayor Cleah Martin about the issue, but messages, left with the town clerk, were not returned.

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