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Bill could take Greenville's water

By Michael Abramowitz

The Daily Reflector

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The fate of Greenville’s water system has been tied to legal complications over a water system on the other end of the state, city officials and local legislative delegates confirmed on Thursday.

A new law that allows the state to transfer ownership and operations of water systems from municipalities to a group of regional systems took effect in May for municipalities that meet specific criteria. Greenville and its state-chartered water authority, Greenville Utilities, were exempted from the law.


But revisions  being fashioned by the Senate Agricultural, Environment and Natural Resources Committee to another bill could eliminate that exemption.

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lawsuit

Does this mean that the legislation is a public bill and not a local bill, as the Asheville lawsuit alleges? Water Merger Lawsuit: Complaint Filed http://www.scribd.com/doc/141477000/Asheville-Complaint

Peck

For those in Greenville who are probably not aware, Tim Peck is a paid stooge of Tim Moffitt. He is Moffitt's sock puppet. He posts online across the state spewing whatever Moffitt wants him to. Be warned.

Welcome to our nightmare

“I can’t think of and don’t know of anybody in our community who is in support of this.” Eighty-six percent of Asheville voters oppose this bill, too. Doesn't matter to Rep. Moffitt. He wants what he wants and he means to have it. The Republican County Commission in Iredell Co. oppose plans by Reps. Bill Brawley and Thom Tillis to install toll lanes on I-77 -- run by a private (possibly foreign) contractor for 50 years. Tillis' and Brawley's own Mecklenburg Co. Republican Party unanimously approved a resolution opposing the scheme. Doesn't matter. They want what they want and they mean to have it. The Asheville Citizen-Times dubbed Moffitt "King Tim." Maybe Greenville losing its water system too is just collateral damage. Or maybe it's King Tim's Revenge on Blackbeard country.

"Eighty-six percent of

"Eighty-six percent of Asheville voters oppose this bill, too" That would be false. Eighty-six percent of Asheville voters prohibited the city from being able to sell or lease any part of the water system. Council unanimously approved the referendum, reading "Shall the City of Asheville undertake the sale or lease of its water treatment system and water distribution system." http://www.mountainx.com/article/44947/Council-puts-water-referendum-on-ballot N.C.G.S. § 160A‑321 Sale, lease, or discontinuance of city‑owned enterprise. (a) A city is authorized to sell or lease as lessor any enterprise that it may own upon any terms and conditions that the council may deem best. However, except as to transfers to another governmental entity pursuant to G.S. 160A‑274 or as provided in subsection (b) of this section, a city‑owned enterprise shall not be sold, leased to another, or discontinued unless the proposal to sell, lease, or discontinue is first submitted to a vote of the people and approved by a majority of those who vote thereon. Voter approval shall not be required for the sale, lease, or discontinuance of airports, off‑street parking systems and facilities, or solid waste collection and disposal systems. (b) For the sale, lease, or discontinuance of water treatment systems, water distribution systems, or wastewater collection and treatment systems, a city may, but is not required to, submit to its voters the question of whether such sale, lease, or discontinuance shall be undertaken. The referendum is to be conducted pursuant to the general and local laws applicable to special elections in such city. Bob Oast: Closed session on referendum "The outcome of the vote on the sale or lease of the water system would only affect the City’s ability to sell or lease the system. It would not affect the City’s ability to seek compensation if the transfer occurs in other ways." Bob Oast: To city council on referendum Oast: "The language of the statute limits the voters eligible to participate in such a referendum to City voters. The results of the referendum would be binding such that, if the vote was 'no,'' the system could not be sold or leased." Bob Oast on sale or lease Mayor Bellamy asked if we hold a referendum and the citizens say they don’t want the City to sell or lease the water system but the State makes us give it away, do we negate the opportunity to be compensated. She didn’t want to do anything to stop Asheville from being compensated. City Attorney Oast said that the use of sale or lease in the statute contemplates a voluntary transaction. The statute does not address a situation where the City was forced to transfer its assets involuntarily. http://timpeck.blogspot.com/2013/05/water-merger-documents.html

Peck

For those in Greenville who are probably not aware, Tim Peck is a paid stooge of Tim Moffitt. He is Moffitt's sock puppet. He posts online across the state spewing whatever Moffitt wants him to. Be warned.

save our municipal water systems

I am sorry to see the good people of Greenville being subject to the same sort of attack as we have suffered here in Asheville. For whatever it may be worth, Rep. Tim Moffitt (R-Buncombe) is behind this emerging string of thefts. He is a board member of ALEC -- the American Legislative Exchange Council -- and he takes what he wants. His long-term aim is to do this across the state and see our water systems privatized. Be warned. For more info see saveourwaterwnc.com.

Dear Reader, You've just been

Dear Reader, You've just been lied to. How does it feel?

Unreal

I sincerely hope that this will open the eyes of everyone(including me)who voted for this legislature. What ever happened to conservatism meaning less government interference.

Which do you prefer, big

Which do you prefer, big government or small government?

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Bless your heart
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