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Suburbs, Green Bay say water talks over
By Peter Rebhahn
Green Bay Press Gazette
03/17/04

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 said.

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 plant.

Simonson said the only chance the city had to rekindle talks with the suburbs involved acceptance of the Manitowoc proposal.

"From the standpoint of economics and practicality it just doesn’t make sense to us," Nixon said.


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