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City awaits word on WSWA merger

November 14, 2013


The agenda was light, but the getting was good.
The West Point Board of Selectmen convened Tuesday to finalize authorization for Randy Jones, city chief administrative officer, to represent the city in the assumption of all assets and liabilities of White Station Water Association.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Mayor Robbie Robinson. “ ... It’s finally here.”
And a long time indeed has it been since the concepts were originally drafted for the merger nearly two years ago.
The rural water association was formed by a group of executives in order to provide water to residents within its jurisdiction, which happens to be outside of West Point city limits.
However, the mechanics of operations for WSWA were reminiscent of a middle-man operation in that it purchased water from West Point for distribution to its 290 clients. Given this caveat, the vanishment of the middle-man entity will be followed by a slight rate reduction for those individuals who received water from WSWA as they will purchase it directly from the core supplier (West Point).

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