As preliminary procedures began at the Sept. 25 meeting, Commissioner Jonathan Pitts added an agenda item for an update of the selection of a Recreation Advisory Committee, Commissioner Daylon Martin added making the water department its own entity, and Commissioner Tommy Robinson added the discussion of the employee pay scale.
The discussion of the MWA wastewater contract started with questions by Martin, with the first one about the rates. He asked why the rate was higher for the collection of sewage in the Highway 49 area than is currently paid by River North MWA customers.
County Administrator Mike Underwood explained that the $2.75 rate in the contract was negotiated from $3 that was in the original contract. Engineer Tim Ingram added that the MWA rate goes up 5 percent each year, and the $2.75 would be the rate for the coming year.
Martin asked Jones County Water Superintendent Freddie Wiggins, if his paycheck was tied to the growth of the profits from the sewer rates, would he vote in favor of the contract.
After some deliberation, Wiggins said yes.
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