Clinton residents oppose more sewer study spending

Some Clinton Water district customers drew a line in the sand Thursday night when they asked district commissioners to stop spending money to develop a sewer study.

Sixteen residents crowded in district's small meeting room Thursday night to ask the commissioners to quit spending on a wastewater management plan for Clinton. The district commissioned a sewer study for the Clinton area earlier this year for $60,000, $45,000 of which was paid by a state grant.

Clinton resident Bob Thurmond read a petition signed by more than 100 Clinton Water District customers asking that no more money be spent on the plan.

"We know the district has already spent its money and the grant money, but we want no further money or resources spent and we don't want further action on the sewer plan," Thurmond said.

Other meeting attendees complained that the district funded the study without the support of the water district customers.

"I don't think we need a sewer system, and by funding the study you have put us on a sewer system roller coaster," said Clinton resident Doug Brand.

Water district manager Mike Helland told the group, "a plan is just a plan."

"The purpose of the comprehensive sewer plan was to provide information to the community," he said. "The plan will only be taken to the next step if and when there is a need and interest from residents. If the plan doesn't have legs, it will sit on a shelf."

Residents were concerned about the impact a sewer plan would have on development in Clinton.

"I moved from Useless Bay because of the development going on in Freeland," said Elisa Miller. "I don't want to see our rural community changed."

The district's commissioners listened for the most part and had few comments.

The boundary for the study was drawn to include mostly smaller lots within the Clinton Water District to help property owners solve problems with failing septic systems.

Two people in the group voiced their support. District resident Mike Page was one of them.

"I don't have 100 signatures with me. I think it's something we have to look at in 2003. I am happy the board is doing a study and I endorse it."

At a November meeting, nearly 100 people gathered at the Clinton Progressive Hall to discuss the sewer study. Most expressed opposition to sewers.

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