Resolution To Wastewater Treatment Dispute Coming?

By: Ryan Rodig Email
By: Ryan Rodig Email

By most accounts the town of Kinsey and city of Dothan have had a good working relationship in the past.

"Their firefighters back up our firefighters, and our firefighters back up their firefighters," says Kinsey town councilman Joe Watson.

He says the same goes for the police departments.

But a new proposed 10-year binding contract that would increase the rate charged to Kinsey residents for sewage treatment has found the municipalities at odds.

The Kinsey Town Council discussed the issue once again at Thursday's meeting. The new deal would up the rate from $1.05 per 1,000 gallons treated, to $3.21 for every thousand gallons.

That means the estimated 400 Kinsey residents affected would be paying around $35-$40 more per month.

Kinsey Mayor Jason Reneau is worried about the rates and says the deal might hurt the town's growth.

"We would basically have to get their permission to add any industry or anything," Mayor Reneau told News 4 Thursday. "The impact fees are another big thing. "It's around $1,700 for a resident impact fee just to build a house and add on to the existing sewer system."

The Kinsey Town Council voted to table the discussion on whether to build their own sewage treatment plant. That's because Dothan City Manager Mike West has agreed to meet with Reneau and Taylor Mayor Joel Napier concerning the rate increase.

Kinsey councilman Joe Watson says he hopes for a compromise. He would like to see a non-binding agreement that would allow Kinsey to treat its own sewage if they built a plant.

Mayor Reneau estimates a new plant could cost around $1.6 million, but would give residents lower rates than Dothan's current offer. Kinsey has around 2,000 residents, and about 400 are affected by the changes.

Taylor Mayor Joel Napier says unless something changes in upcoming weeks he plans to move forward with the idea of building the towns' own sewage treatment plant.


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