Management group takes over Salyersville Water Board

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Officials in Salyersville say the city's water board is significantly in debt, and was almost taken over by the state. Big changes are now in the works to help get the board running properly.

Officials say the Salyersville water district is nearly $200,000 in debt, and they say it is losing money every day.

Utility Management Group has stepped in to make some big changes and bring them out of the red.

City officials voted to bring in UMG to oversee the water plant nearly three weeks ago.

So far officials say UMG has already made significant changes, including finding ways to save nearly $38,000 a year in employee overtime.

"A lot of it was just things like better management and more overseeing of what was going on in the workplace. It's going to make a big difference in what our expenditures were," said Salyersville Mayor James "Pete" Shepherd.

The mayor also says UMG has helped make the water quality in Salyersville better as well.

"In three weeks I couldn't believe the information and the changes they've made to help the water plant run better efficiently, and also just better water and a better source for the citizens of Salyersville," said Mayor Shepherd.

Officials say rate increases are still likely, but the amount is still unknown.


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