State gives approval to public water agency
BERRYVILLE -- The state has formally recognized an agency wishing to provide water to rural areas of the county.
A notice issued Dec. 2 by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission states that the Carroll County Public Water Authority has a Certificate of Existence as a public water authority.
According to Mike Chandler, grants coordinator for the ANRC, the Certificate of Existence gives the CCPWA the authority to seek funding.
The notice of issuance of the Certificate of Existence says the agency "is now entitled to all the benefits afforded public water authorities in the State."
The CCPWA was put together by Jimmy Jones, whose business address at 1876 Highway 62 West in Berryville is listed as the principal place of business for the CCPWA.
Jones began organizing the CCPWA while the quorum court was working toward creation of a public facilities board to provide rural water. A petition drive followed passage of the ordinance which created a public facilities board, and voters will decide on Feb. 8 whether to overturn that ordinance.
Jones has publicly stated that he will voluntarily withdraw his own water authority if the public facilities board survives the vote.