Anita Hirschy addresses board. (Photo by J Swygart)
Local resident Russ Walklee was the first audience member to speak during Wednesday night's meeting, and drew the largest applause of the evening from those in attendance when he simply said, "My vote is no" on the sewer project's future. He said the cost "is hard to justify," a sentiment that was echoed countless times during the evening.
Other speakers complained about what they see as inequities in the proposed project.
"This plan stinks," said Monmouth area resident Monica Hall. "To put the responsibility (for cleaning up county waterways) on 233 homes is unimaginable. This is a county problem and it needs to be addressed on a countywide level."
Project engineer Ben Adams of Commonwealth Construction said the 233 homes in Monmouth, Bobo, Pleasant Mills and Arcadia Village were targeted "because we only have a finite amount of funds, so we looked at the most cost-effective areas to be done first. I feel certain that other areas of the county will be addressed as additional funds become available."
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