NEWS

GAFCWA will get money for extension

PAT FRIDGEN

An amended agreement with Heritage Estates West was approved Monday by Greencastle Area Franklin County Water Authority. Chairman Gregory Rock was authorized to sign it pending the return of the original copy by developer Tom Mongold. The agreement means GAFCWA will have the money in hand when it begins work to extend a water main to the development west of U.S. 11 and north of Buchanan Trail West.

The development was scaled back to 78 units instead of 129. Mongold will submit $100,000 by Dec. 1, to be used for engineering and prep work. Another $223,000 will be due May 2, pertinent to the actual construcion of the enlarged water line.

"We make sure we have the money before we spend it," said board member Robert Miller.

The balance of the $841,000 will be paid per lot as Mongold sells homes.

The authority, including Jason Gerhart, agreed with manager Kenneth Womack that in the manner of simplicity, Womack could approve water supply applications if property was purchased from an existing customer. No fees were due and the board had never denied a request. They planned to review the Rules and Regulations and Water Rates document to see if the change was legal.

The authority met in executive session to discuss the acquisition of the Antrim Township Municipal Authority water system.