Commission not happy with Otter Creek water proposal

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Chiefland commissioners are still saying a better deal needs to be put on the table if officials in Otter Creek hope to have Chiefland supply water to the town.

Otter creek has been ordered by the state to remedy its polluted drinking water, but three out of five Chiefland commissioners Monday night said they were not in favor of the deal, which would pump water to the town through a 12-mile pipe at a price less than what some Chiefland water users pay.

"Everyone I talked to said they do not want water sold for less than they pay," Mayor Teal Pomeroy said, echoing sentiments expressed by Commissioner Rollin Hudson since discussion on the matter began late last year. Pomeroy, however, did not explicitly state he was against the deal.

Newly elected commissioners Betty Walker and Chris Jones were firm in their objections.

"We've got to think about Chiefland," Walker said, adding that, even if rates were the same, there's a potential wells could run dry in the future.

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