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Save Our Water: Nov. 30 MSD meeting Noon

November 29, 2012

Dear Friend,

Sometimes elected officials need your help–and this is one of those times.

As you likely know, there is an effort underway to seize from the City of Asheville our water system–the 20,000 acre watershed, two reservoirs, over 1,600 miles of water lines, all of it.

As a member of Asheville City Council, I remain committed to defending our water system from state takeover legislation. But make no mistake, the threat facing Asheville is real and growing. Reps. Moffitt (R-Bunc.) and McGrady (R-Hend.) have stated their intention to introduce in January legislation forcing Asheville to merge its water system into the Metropolitan Sewerage District(MSD), who would control and manage the asset.

This Friday, Nov. 30th at 12 noon The Planning Committee of MSD, on which myself and Vice-Mayor Esther Manheimer are Asheville appointees, will be meeting at MSD’s headquarters at 2028 Riverside Drive in Woodfin. The purpose of this meeting will be consideration of the merger proposal by MSD’s consultant. Attached is the consultant’s preliminary report. The compensation piece in the report is worth close scrutiny.

Also expected to be present with be the bill’s likely sponsor, Rep. Chuck McGrady of Henderson County. A good question to ask might be why a Henderson County legislator is leading this effort. See the attached articles for more background on this question.

Unlike city council meetings, the public rarely attends MSD meetings. With so much at stake, that has to change. As mentioned, sometimes elected officials need your help. I write today to ask, if your schedule permits, you attend Friday’s meeting to help send the message this power grab by the state legislature is not going unnoticed.

Yours in service,

Chris Pelly,
Asheville City Council


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