Stinky stuff is bubbling to the surface in St. Clair Township and, unfortunately, the stench is settling over Swansea.
For six years the township and village negotiated a sewer contract for Swansea to take and treat what township residents flush. Six years.
Negotiations finally ended, and township leaders in 2014 signed the contract that gives 3,200 residents sewer service for 25 years. Township residents pay 1.3 times the rate of village residents, which is less than the 1.5 times more that Belleville charges outside customers.
Bills hit, average $15 a month more for township residents, and the fussing and fuming starts. A lawsuit is filed against Swansea, ironically with Bob Trentman as a plaintiff. Trentman was one of the township leaders who helped negotiate the contract before he moved on to a county board seat.
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So why is anyone angry with and suing Swansea? Seems that the ire, lawsuits and election challengers should be focused on the township.
Township leaders want to redo the “bad” deal they signed, but Swansea doesn’t see the point. Would you want to spend another six years negotiating with this gang?
Township Supervisor Dave Barnes acts baffled and wants to know where Swansea wants to go from here. Simple answer: No where. You signed the contract, now shut up and pay your bill.
Swansea took on extra debt to provide capacity to take the township’s stuff. Township leaders need to quit playing politics and trying to placate or distract their angry constituents by giving Swansea a bunch of crap.