Lynch may opt out of proposed water interconnect

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

For a while, it appeared Cumberland, Benham, and Lynch officials were ready to move forward with a plan to connect their water systems. But once again, one city is saying they are not sure.

It's all about the water or in this case - the lack thereof.

"We were informed that the president would have no vote except in the case of a tie," said Taylor Hall, Lynch mayor.

Hall said his city is reconsidering their take on the Tri-Cities Utility Authority. The board is composed of six members, two from each city.

But one representative from Lynch was chosen as president, meaning his vote is just a tie-breaker.

"It was all intended to prevents us from having an equal voice," said Hall.

"Their problem can be resolved by themselves. The board members control all the functions and procedures. All they have to do is change the by-laws," said Carl Hatfield, Cumberland mayor.

Both Cumberland and Benham leaders said Lynch's concerns can be addressed.

"If they want to change that, then it's fine with me, where everybody votes. What Lynch does is their prerogative," said John Dodd, Benham mayor.

Hall said he has been told the authority will proceed with or without Lynch's support because the authority will still have four members, which is technically enough to vote.

"They'll vote as they see fit with or without our input," said Hall.

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