Green Bay say water talks over
By Peter Rebhahn
Green Bay Press Gazette
BELLEVUE - Drinking water talks between Green Bay and
its suburbs appear dead - this time for good.
For the second time in a week, the Central Brown County
Water Authority on Tuesday declined to discuss Green Bay’s
request to reconsider the authority’s Feb. 25 decision
to buy water from Manitowoc.
Water Authority President Roy Simonson said following
a meeting of the authority’s Technical Committee his group
had no interest in new talks.
"There really isn’t - not on our part," Simonson
And not on Green Bay’s part either.
"At this point in time it doesn’t appear we have
much to say to them or they to us," said Tim Nixon,
vice president of the Green Bay Water Commission.
The current Water Authority communities are Allouez,
Bellevue, De Pere, Howard, Lawrence and Ledgeview. A former
member, the village of Ashwaubenon, announced on Feb.
25 it will buy water from Green Bay.
Nixon had asked the Water Authority to reconsider its
decision in a letter dated Feb. 27. The authority received
the letter without comment at its meeting March 10 and
passed it on to its Technical Committee.
A proposal floated after announcement of the authority’s
deal with Manitowoc would have had Green Bay ditching
its plan to build a second Lake Michigan pipeline and
joining the authority in a pipeline to Manitowoc’s treatment
Simonson said the only chance the city had to rekindle
talks with the suburbs involved acceptance of the Manitowoc
"From the standpoint of economics and practicality
it just doesn’t make sense to us," Nixon said.