Sewer IGA gets nod from Council

In a special session Wednesday night, the Camp Verde Town Council agreed in theory, at least, to the latest version of a proposed intergovernmental agreement between the Town and the Camp Verde Sanitary District.

The two parties are attempting to work as partners in order to complete the 2001 CVSD Wastewater Treatment Plant and Expansion Project after bids came in much higher than projected.

Basically, the IGA spells out suggestions town officials made last week to district officials with some new additions. Attorneys for both sides have been working together since before Thanksgiving to come up with a document that works for both sides. The IGA includes, among others things, advancing the district money to buy the land for the plant (the district currently has a commitment of $600,000; total cost is $l.1 million) and financial help with the redesign of the plant.

The next and final step is for the district and town to adopt this IGA which must occur no later than Dec. 3, according to District Chair Suzy Burnside. Today's drop-dead date, she said, is because of bond procedure requirements.

Without the IGA, it appears that the project will die.

The CV Sanitary District meets Friday afternoon, Dec. 3, 4:30 p.m., at district headquarters. It is likely that the town will join them in a joint meeting, but a notice had not been posted at press time.

"If the IGA is adopted, the project moves forward, and the voters decide whether or not to dissolve the district. The project will still have legs under it," Mayor Mitch Dickinson said at the special Dec. 1 council session.

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