Fairfield County Wants More Time on Water Deal

When the charter committee of the Fairfield Regional Water Authority meets again in January they may be no closer to forming a united front to challenge the county’s water issues. Monday night, Fairfield County Council took discussion of their participation in the Authority into executive session and emerged with no final decision on formally joining the alliance.

After the meeting, Council Chairman David Ferguson said he was concerned that the process was moving too fast, and that he would like to see more details on how the Authority would be governed and what each entity would be putting on the table before committing taxpayers to the Authority.

At the committee’s initial meeting Nov. 14, the group elected Winnsboro Mayor Roger Gaddy as chairman. Margaret C. Pope, an attorney with the Pope Zeigler law firm, told the committee members that each entity must first pass a resolution, committing themselves to the Authority. After the public hearings and resolutions, the members were scheduled to meet again Jan. 23 to hammer out their bylaws.

But Monday night, County Council made no such move toward offering up such a resolution, making it unlikely the public hearing process would be completed before Jan. 23. Ferguson said he felt like the bylaws should be discussed first, before any resolution.

During their brief Nov. 26 meeting, Fairfield County Council gave the OK to two new members for a pair of local boards before retiring into executive session. Council unanimously approved Frank E. McKinney for service on the Council on Aging, while Catherine H. Fantry was approved to serve on the Hospital Board with one abstention from Council member Mary Lynn Kinley (District 6). Kinley works for Fairfield Memorial Hospital.

With the end of the year approaching, Shryll Brown, Clerk to Council, told Council she was preparing a list of upcoming vacancies on County boards for the County to consider for nominations.

Council’s next scheduled meeting is Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.

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