deal done - for now
proposal to sell Green Bay's water to the suburbs is ready
to send to municipalities
The Green Bay News-Chronicle
Call it "the six-million-dollar main."
was the final piece in the agreement the Central Brown
County Water Authority will send to its member communities.
to buy water from the city of Green Bay must be voted
on by the nine communities in the authority; depending
on meeting schedules, voting could be completed by mid-January,
suggested authority chairman Len Teresinski.
Jadin of Green Bay spoke to the authority to open the
meeting, using football terms to tell members "they are
in the red zone" and "if you call the right play, we could
be in the end zone."
than an hour later, eight representatives (the town of
Lawrence was not present) voted to agree on the proposal.
piece was Green Bay's agreement to pay $6 million up front
for costs related to connecting its system to the authority's
to-be-built system, which would use aquifer storage retrieval
to store the water for the communities.
was one of nine options the committee faced after agreeing
to the main proposal. Jadin, who left after making his
statement, was called by Teresinski during the meeting
and assented to the authority's decision to take the $6
will pay Green Bay's lowest water rate - this year it's
$1.23 per 1,000 gallons, the same amount paid by the city's
top customers - until 2024, when rate setting will be
taken over by the Public Service Commission.
The one concern
is some municipalities may decide not to go in on the
be disappointed if this (happened)," Jadin said. "It would
be no different than if you said you liked all the terms
except one. It's a glitch we'd have to resolve."
President Ted Pamperin, the decision ended three years
of discussions, a term extended when Ashwaubenon went
against building a separate pipeline from Lake Michigan
to feed the authority's lines.
"It's a great
step forward for all of Brown County," he said. "All we
wanted to do was keep the talks open. We couldn't see
the efficiency of having two pipelines to Lake Michigan."
suggested the shared water could assist all communities.
"If you look at economic development, all of us are at
the same level from a water standpoint," he said.
step will be the drawing up of a formal agreement to be
approved by each municipality, complete with estimated
costs. The authority will pay the per-gallon costs, then
charge each municipality. The municipalities will then
charge consumers based on their needs.
going to be one of the better utilities in Wisconsin,"
Teresinski said. "It's a real example of how shared services
members of the authority are Allouez, Ashwaubenon, Bellevue,
De Pere, Hobart, Howard, Lawrence, Ledgeview and Scott.