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Citizens Concerned about Possible Sale of Millcreek Water Authority's Assets

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Sale of Millcreek Township Water Authority's assets once again dominated discussion at Tuesday's Millcreek supervisors meeting, even though the topic wasn't even on the agenda.

The water authority and concerned residents shared their misgivings during the comments portion of the meeting.             

The latest development on the situation: the supervisors have decided to hire a third-party consultant to put a value on the Millcreek Water Authority's assets, at the authority's urging.

Currently, two out of three supers plan on voting in favor of selling the assets.
 
"This is not a tenable situation. We have a water authority that is nothing more than a reseller of water. They don't pump the water, they don't purify the water, they simply buy it and resell it. They are steadily losing money," said Rick Figaski, Millcreek Supervisor.

Figaski plans on voting for selling the assets and also said that Erie Water Works absorbing Millcreek's customers would create a more efficient system.

Supervisor Brian McGrath still opposes the sale.

"I think it is working," McGrath said. "As far as development goes and overall convenience for the customers, I think having that control in Millcreek Township is a good thing," he said.     

Citizens at the meeting cited concerns about the jobs of those who currently work for Millcreek Water.

Others voiced concerns about higher water costs if the assets are sold.

The deadline for setting a value for the assets is in May, and  the final vote by the supervisors will be in June. 

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