For over an hour last Wednesday evening, the Mayor and Commissioners heard the public’s thoughts on the proposal to raise water rates nearly 60-percent. Citizen after citizen came before the board to let the elected leaders know about the harmful impact such a significant increase will have on family budgets and to ask the town to examine other options. Specifically exploring the reasons for the hefty increase, some taxpayers brought up Elkton’s contract with the Artesian Water Company. Commenting that “water is an expertise” that Artesian has, Bob Litzenberg cautioned, “You’d better get someone with better expertise than you have right here to read the contracts.” Speaking about clauses in the Artesian contract, a Parktowne drive resident remarked, “The mayor and town commissioners should have exercised much greater due diligence before signing the contract with Artesian to understand how the financial impact would
affect Elkton residents. . . . The town should eliminate the offending clause
or find a new source of water. . .” As the citizens addressed the financial impact of Elkton’s contract with Artesian, they received supportive applause from the audience.
Here’s the Elkton video recording of the public hearing, which runs for a little over an hour. It starts at the 5 minute mark on the recording.