Montgomery County’s water future now rests with vote by towns
The subject of off and on discussions for decades, a “joinder” agreement between the county and authority was crafted during the past two years in an effort spearheaded by authority director Jerry Higgins. If approved, the agreement will give the county access to water from the New River and eventually replace the hodgepodge of wells now used by some of the water systems overseen by the county Public Service Authority. Under the agreement, Montgomery County will pay $1.3 million to the authority and agree connect customers of the county’s Public Service Authority to the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-VPI lines as it becomes feasible.
Wednesday’s supervisors’ vote was 7-0 and came with no discussion. It will affect nothing unless Blacksburg and Christiansburg’s town councils vote to allow the county into the authority.
Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam said his council will review the agreement at a Tuesday work session and decide whether to schedule a public hearing and eventual vote. Christiansburg Town Manager Barry Helms said the council there wants to act around the same time as Blacksburg.
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