By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
SALTILLO – One of the first steps toward a regional wastewater treatment authority was set on Tuesday night.
Saltillo’s board of aldermen motioned its intent to service wastewater from Guntown, subject to agreeing upon amicable terms and conditions.
If those conditions are met, Guntown will connect its sewer facilities with the city of Saltillo, effectively making Guntown a customer of Saltillo’s water treatment facility.
This move will save Guntown from building a new wastewater treatment facility and should prove to be profitable to Saltillo.
“The step you’re considering tonight is the first official act, besides allocation of funds to do the study, towards the regional wastewater authority,” said Community Development Foundation President and CEO David Rumbarger. “The critical issue, working together, is better than working separately. Before the authority is formed and other things put into place, we need to consider working with Guntown to solve the issues they presently have.”
“If, heaven forbid, the (regional authority) never materializes but we make this agreement, the fact it never happened would not be an issue,” Saltillo Mayor Bill Williams said to the board. “Guntown would just be a customer. If it does, this is the first step in, and compatible with, a regional system.”