At a special meeting this week, supervisors of Marilla, Holland, Wales and Aurora met in Marilla Town Hall to hear an update on a proposed regional water district from the project engineer, Steve Waldvogl from R&D Engineering; the town's engineering firm, Nussbaumer and Clark; and attorney Nathan Neill of Neill and Strong.
Marilla Supervisor John Foss said the group has developed a "wait and see" attitude regarding the project, waiting for news on financing. He said that they need a few weeks to get figures together and that then representatives of the four towns will meet again.
"When we get the figures all the people that will be in the district will get a letter advising them of the estimated cost. A public meeting regarding these costs will be scheduled. The district is expected to be very expensive," said Foss, "although we have no final figures yet that we can hang our hat on."
"Marilla could have a problem with the financing as their income average is too high to meet the standards set by the Rural Financing Group. We have 250 property owners in the southeast portion of town bordering Wales that are still using wells."
He said, "This regional water plan is beneficial to do together. It will be a better system with the same pipes. The Erie County Water Authority wants to go this way."