Tega Cay expects to complete water company purchase this week

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comApril 28, 2014 

— City Council could take action on a proposed purchase of Tega Cay Water Service as early as Thursday.

City staff and legal counsel continue work to finalize an asset purchase agreement with the utility. Charlie Funderburk, city manager, said Monday morning he hoped to have it completed by close of business Tuesday.

“We tentatively have a Council meeting scheduled for this Thursday, May 1, provided we have completed the document with Tega Cay Water Service by the close of business Tuesday,” Funderburk said. “If we are unable to have an agreeable document by then, the Council meeting will be pushed back.”

Details of the document won’t be available until Council reviews it.

Council met April 21 but didn’t have an agenda item on the sale in open session. There were two executive sessions, one including discussion on the. No votes were taken or decisions made in return to open session.

“We are still working through the time frame to confirm everyone’s availability,” Mayor George Sheppard said the day following.

Earlier this month Council agreed to enter into the asset purchase agreement, spending $5.85 million on the system. The decision comes after months of pressure from residents wanting the utility out of Tega Cay, citing numerous wastewater spills in recent years among other concerns.

The most recent reported spill occurred during Easter weekend. On April 20, the utility sent a phone message to residents describing an estimated 300-gallon spill at 2141 Manawa Lane. A public notice describes a spill lasting almost two hours on Easter Sunday.

“A manhole on Manawa Lane has overflowed and drained into the cove between Point Clear Drive and Marquesas Avenue,” the phone message stated. The state health department “has been notified. We will be placing No Swimming signs in the affected area and ask that you avoid contact with the lake until further notice.”

Tom Oakley with Tega Cay Water Service said heavy rains contributed to the system malfunction.

The city is in the process of trying to acquire the utility. Various complaints by residents about hundreds of thousands of gallons of wastewater spilled into the lake in the past prompted the city to act earlier this year.

John Marks •  803-831-8166

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