Over the weekend, a new blog focusing on the previous administration’s Deal with Artesian Water of Delaware sprang to life. It presents a summary of the concerns a group of citizens had about this contract and shares a number of supporting documents. It is concernedcecilcitizen.blogspot.com
Matters related to this very subject came up at a recent Elkton town annexation hearing. After scheduling the hearing for a property on Bell Hill Road, the attorney representing the property owner appeared before the mayor and comissioners requesting the board cancel the proceedings. The reason, the property owner, the town and the attorney had just been informed by Artesian that the company had an exclusive franchise to serve this part of the unincorporated area of the county. The exclusive francishe was granted by the previous board of commissioners. While Elkton has sewer service in the immediate area, they won’t be able to provide it, as Artesian was granted that right by the county commissioners. In addition Artesian couldn’t advise when they would get around to digging sewer lines in this area as the corporation presently hadn’t formulated its plans to provide service to this area. Thus the property owner felt he couldn’t get into a long delay or litigation over this matter so he requested a cancellation of the annexation hearing, until they had time to sort things out. All parties indicated they were surprised by this announcement.