Water board choosing legal representative

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

(Ed. note: This story was in our Nov. 26, 2010, CCN print publication, but not published online)

BERRYVILLE -- Freddy Worley was given the authority to hire an attorney to draw up by-laws for the Carroll County Public Facilities Board when the board met Tuesday evening in Berryville.

Worley, as chairman of the board, said he is considering hiring a Little Rock law firm that specializes in rural water to work with a local lawyer, perhaps Matt Bishop, so they can have "local hands-on" representation.

Worley is one of five board members appointed by the quorum court to bring water to rural residents.

They have been meeting almost weekly to implement a plan despite a Feb. 8 election that is set to take place to decide the board's fate.

In preparation for that election, they have placed a large ad in today's paper and have scheduled a Dec. 14 town hall meeting at the Cattleman's Building at the Carroll County Fairgrounds to answer questions and sign up water customers.

The drop-in "open discussion forum" will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

At their last meeting, they were advised that a $10,000 line of credit with three years zero interest at a local bank had been obtained, along with a checking account that requires two signatures.

They also retained the engineering services of ESI, which has extensive experience with rural water projects.

ESI is working on the promise of payment should federal and state grants and loans materialize.

Their latest meeting, held at Worley Tire on the highway in Berryville, attracted several property owners and John Reeve, a recently elected Justice of the Peace who will begin his term on the county quorum court in January. All had questions regarding the proposed project.

The board's next meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Cattlemen's Building at the fairgrounds.

It is scheduled to follow the town hall open discussion forum.

The public is always welcome at board meetings, which are announced in this newspaper beforehand.

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