Town officials take position on proposed water district
Lebanon town officials took a position Jan. 12 of requiring users and residents of a proposed water district to pay for all cost associated with the creation and establishment of such a district connected to the village of Earlville water system upgrade and improvement project recently approved by village voters.
Supervisor Jim Goldstein (D,C,I - Lebanon) and town council members Steven Wilcox, Lois Hartshorn and Marie Morgan all stated their position that any water district created by the town for users of Earlville water that reside in the town but live outside the village will have to be paid for by the property owners of such a district and that no other town taxpayers would be asked to shoulder the burden.
Councilor Carol King was not in attendance due to a death in the family.
The discussion, which occurred during the annual organizational meeting of the Lebanon Town Board Jan. 12 was prompted by inquiries from town residents John Gale and John Koornstra, both of South Lebanon Road during the period of public comment.
Goldstein reaffirmed his position to the audience when asked but Koornstra also polled other town board members on the issue. Town officials have taken the position that the estimated $4,200 or more that would be required to create the water district as part of an intermunicipal agreement between the town and village should be shouldered by property owners and users of the district only, which includes a number of local businesses and a few residents.
Approximately nine property owners have been identified by Assessor David Gray as falling within the water system in Lebanon but residing outside the village.
Earlville officials have maintained that upgrades and maintenance to existing water lines could not be accomplished without intermunicipal agreements. Lebanon officials are not opposed to creating such a district, provided all impacted property owners understand that they will have to pay the costs associated with the creation of the district given how few town property owners or residents it will serve.