Community members raise their voices

BARRY’S BAY – The Citizen’s Action Committee is taking charge lately.
On June 6, the committee hosted a Public Meeting. Several individuals spoke and more than 200 community members from abroad gathered to take part and ask questions.
Mike Hagarty, Kim Love, Ernie Peplinskie and Andy Boyd, each gave presentations and made their concerns clear, in regards to the proposed pricing and ownership changes to the town’s water and wastewater systems.
The purpose of the meeting and presentations, Boyd explained simply, was to inform the public and gain feedback. Many people have questions and more need to be aware of the long-term effects, if the recommendation to move the past and future costs of the town’s water and wastewater systems out into the general tax base follows through, he said.
Currently, the people who use the water and wastewater systems pay for those systems. This includes usage, any capital expenditures, upgrades and maintenance. Before the amalgamation of the township, this was the case as well. However, this may not be the case for much longer – and it’s caused concerns and quite a ruckus, since December 2012.
Story continues in the June 12, 2013 issue of The Valley Gazette.