Debate over Alliance Water Resource continues to grow in Elsberry

Vice President and Director of operations for Alliance Water Resources presented the Elsberry Board of Aldermen with their proposal for the future of Alliance in Elsberry. What seemed to be a well presented presentation quickly turned to debate as Alderman Bob Kindred responded to the questions Alliance made throughout.

The Alliance Water Resources debate continued on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Elsberry City Council Meetings, as Alliance Vice President and Director of Operations Dick Tuttle, Regional Operations Manager Mike Dougherty and Division Manager Dan Gummersheimer brought their response of “shall we stay or shall we go?” to city officials.

With projector in hand and control of the podium Tuttle wasted no time before asking a series of questions, in which he felt the city had not taken into consideration.

“Who is going to supervise and direct the water and sewer systems if Alliance is gone? Who is going to guarantee the City’s costs? Who is going to review and approve purchases for repair expenses, chemical shipments, lab tests, street signs, gasoline, telephones, etc.? Where will expertise come from to back the staff and support licensed operators?,” Tuttle asked. “How will you operate during times of turnover? How much will it cost to replace equipment supplied by Alliance? Last question, Can you afford to not retain Alliance.”

According to Tuttle, following the Elsberry’s request for help approximately 13-years ago, Alliance has provided a qualified Class A Operator, they started an aggressive water system flushing program, changed out all the City’s meters – increasing revenue and lowering unaccounted water. They have provided a telemetry system for the City, prepared presentations used to help sell the bond issue and have ultimately saved the City hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years, not counting the $1.63 million deferred in 2007 after negotiating with DNR for higher ammonia limits and lagoon upgrades.

“Each year we save the City money,” said Tuttle during the presentation. “Annually we save Elsberry approximately $13,000 on chemicals, $720 on lagoon testing, $9000 on vehicles, $5500 on mowers, $700 on computers, $200 on the telemetry system [and various other services].”

Tuttle also went on to say the only other cities to have water treatment plants were Bowling Green, Louisiana and Clarksville. From the four cities, the two cities with the cheapest rates were those operated by Alliance, Elsberry and Bowling Green.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 10:54 am