NEWS

Water authority pursues purchases

PAT FRIDGEN

Real estate issues are still incomplete with the Greencastle Area Franklin County Water Authority. The authority continues to work out details in its quest to purchase the water system owned by Antrim Township Municipal Authority. It met in executive session with solicitor Jan Sulcove and financial consultant Ed Goodhart Nov. 16 to discuss the matter further.

GAFCWA first expressed interest in purchasing the township system in March. It anticipates improving efficiency of operations as it manages the water resources of the community. Since that date the board has examined the smaller system and is determining a fair price to offer. Engineer Rachel Govelovich informed authority members Thomas Green, Robert Miller and Gregory Rock that Goodhart had met with ATMA member Bob Schemmerling and township administrator Brad Graham Sept. 29 to present the preliminary financial findings.

The purchase of Well No. 4 from the Greencastle-Antrim School District was also pushed back. Sulcove said an expected Nov. 24 hearing in the Franklin County courts will be rescheduled due to an inadequate timeframe for GASD to advertise the event. He hoped the routine hearing would be by the end of the year.

"Sooner or later we'll own this property," he said.

"It's already later," manager Ken Womack replied.

The board accepted that glitches happen and the process should conclude satisfactorily.