Mt. Zion Public Service District met in special session
at Arnoldsburg Community Building on Monday at 5 p.m.
Only two members of the PSD
board were present, Sharon Postalwait and Shirley Mace. The third board
member, Della Nichols, was reported to have resigned over the weekend.
Many citizens were in attendance and looking for answers
to why the water extension project to Sand Ridge and Rt. 16 South of
Arnoldsburg has been delayed.
The meeting began with engineer Jim Hildreth asking for
public comments. Questions were not allowed until later in the meeting.
After comments were made expressing continued concerns
over the project, board member Postalwait said, “I don’t know much about
engineering, so I feel we need to go with whatever the engineer
She made a motion to go with the engineer’s
recommendation of the second lowest bid from Bruce Allen, Inc. The
motion died for lack of a second.
No other reasons for the recommendation were given, nor
According to Hildreth, the recommendation will be open
for public viewing after the contract is awarded--to abide by state
Board member Mace said that she felt the board made a
motion previously to approve Ronnie Lane and, in good faith, she
couldn’t back down.
The meeting was at a standstill because of the lack of a
(Calhoun county commission has published a legal notice
this week in the Chronicle seeking a person to serve on the Mt. Zion PSD board. Letter of intent must be submitted to the
county clerk’s office by Friday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m.)
Comments were made by numerous citizens, including low
bidder Ronald Lane.
“Whatever the board decides, I will abide by their
decisions. I know we have had a lot of support in the community on this
project. People need the water regardless of the outcome and regardless
of what happens. I can tell you Ronald Lane, Inc., will not sue or
litigate against Mt. Zion PSD. I know you’re under a lot of pressure and I
hope that will relieve some of it,” said Lane.
He also said that he didn’t understand why none of his
11 recommendations had been answered by the engineer.
Bruce Wells of Welding, Inc., said the he would litigate
all the way to the Supreme Court because of alleged bid interference.
Emotions were present in most statements and several
individuals walked out of the meeting before it adjourned.
When the meeting ended at 6:15 p.m., everyone left
without answers to when construction on the project will begin.
Mt. Zion PSD
will have to wait for a new member to be appointed by the county
commission. The project is at a standstill until then.