In regard to the letter April 3, "Sewer negotiations at risk":
We have been negotiating with St. Clair Township for three years now. Each time it looks like we are getting close, Supervisor Tim Buchanan comes back with their original proposal, which far from acceptable to Swansea.
Buchanan was a Swansea trustee and the chairman of the Environmental Committee. He should have taken the lead in negotiating a contract with the township years ago. He did nothing.
I would love to get this issue resolved. I do not wish to make life hard for our sewer customers who live outside of Swansea. But I will not accept Swansea residents paying more for sewer service than those living outside of Swansea. We own the plant. We will have the legal authority to bill those customers living outside of Swansea in March 2015. I put this information out there so no one is surprised.
I realize the township has raised rates for customers outside Swansea but none of that raise has made it to Swansea. Swansea residents have been unfairly shouldering the burden. We have spent a fortune on engineering and lawyer fees in this merry-go-round, plus almost $30,000 to an outside firm for pricing information.
I stick by my comment of calling their recent meeting a fiasco. Their trustees didn't even get a copy of the contract Swansea submitted. Two elected village officials were at that meeting and could have corrected the misinformation if we were allowed to speak during that portion of the meeting.