Water authority prepares to approve contract for study

By Lesley Jenkins
star staff
ljenkins@starhq.com

  
Members of the Watuaga River Regional Water Authority met Monday evening to elect new officers and keep the ball rolling on a study to determine the county's need for a larger water source and a good location for a treatment facility.
   The agenda scheduled a review of the study scope draft and the contract for the Knoxville firm Jordan, Jones and Goulding. However, Executive Director of the WRRWA, Michael Hughes, opted to schedule a workshop to discuss the contract and by-laws development for the water authority because he thought the board was "not prepared to discuss it now."
   He suggested members of the board review the contract and the study scope thoroughly before refining it at a workshop on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. Members able to attend at 5:30 p.m. will decide on a new logo for the authority.
   The workshop was scheduled so that a contract could be finalized at the monthly WRRWA meeting on Feb. 2.
   In other business, members elected officers and formed committees. The By-Laws Committee will consist of Olen Pate, Jim Williams, and Richard Tester. Charles Stahl, A.E. "Kayo" Gentry, Dale Fair, and Dale Colbaugh comprise the Funding Committee.
   The authority also created a Personnel Committee while searching for an executive director. When asked if the committee was still necessary since the hiring of Hughes, Fair said that if a grievance was ever filed against Hughes, the Personnel Committee would handle it. New members of the Personnel Committee will be Tester, Gentry, and Stahl.
   The engineering board was approved to "leave as is for another year," said Fair.