Water Commission begins legal
By Ray Barrington
Green Bay News-Chronicle
In a short special meeting on Friday, the Green Bay Water
Commission started the flow of processes that may lead
to suburban water sales.
The commission ordered staff to start legal work on agreements
- picking up in some cases from where they left off when
past talks failed - and started to look at its own negotiating
They'll probably be led by commission vice president
Tim Nixon. The commission has finished technical talks
with the Central Brown County Water Authority and with
Ashwaubenon. Now, it's going to look at the outlines of
Those outlines will go to the Green Bay City Council
for its approval before being presented to the suburbs,
"I'm a firm believer in getting the elected officials
involved" he said.
By contrast, CBCWA members have signed their approval
over to the authority.
The city needs to expand its water capacity for future
needs and likely will need a new pipeline to Lake Michigan
to back up the 1950s pipe. A larger pipe would serve city
The city has plans for a larger pipe, but has not filed
them with the state Public Service Commission because
of concerns the suburbs may, as they did earlier this
year, file with the PSC to force Green Bay to serve them.