It was with great interest and pride that I read your editorial, “National data reflects well on county,” in the Sunday edition (Sept. 16) of the Forsyth County News. Having been a resident of Forsyth County for 14 years, it is a pleasure to live in a county that is prospering, growing and gaining national recognition for the quality of life offered in Forsyth County.
However, the front page article, “Water standoff prompts protest,” is very disturbing because in the near future we will be gaining national attention which will not be so positive and will certainly be detrimental to our county. When Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt shuts off our supply of untreated water from the water intake facility at the lake, because an agreement with the county cannot be reached, there will a public outcry heard nationwide.
The mayor and the Cumming City Council, after signing a good-faith “City-County Water Agreement” with the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, are now reneging on that “good-faith” agreement. If the county does not agree to the new and unacceptable terms now proposed by the mayor, the 181,000 residents of Forsyth County will have to pay “three to five” times their current price for water.
County residents already pay more per unit for state water than the residents of the city of Cumming. In addition to the increased cost, there is a possibility that the city will not be able to adequately pump treated water to our homes, and this will result in either low water pressure or no water is some areas, and sludge coming out our faucets,
While the mayor “fiddles and the county dries up,” some of our elected commissioners on the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners seem to be playing political games with this water fiasco. They are not representing the people they took an oath to protect and serve. Perhaps limited, muddy water coming into our homes will have the county citizens playing a new political game at the polls and in the market place.