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Carolina Water rejects Town of Lexington’s offer for their I-20 sewer plant

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) Friday morning, Carolina Water Services, Inc., rejected the $1,584,000 offer from the Town of Lexington for the Company’s I-20 facility so that condemnation proceedings can begin immediately According to Robert Yanity, Carolina Water’s Communications Coordinator. “This is a process long supported and promoted by the company. To ensure that the process moves quickly, CWS does not intend to challenge the Town’s authority to condemn the I-20 system,” Yanity said.

According to Yanity, the Town can now, and should now, take immediate possession of the plant, a move also supported by CWS. Yanity said in the statement, “The ball is now in the Town’s court on how swiftly this moves forward; We encourage them to not delay.”

This opens the way for the Town to immediately remove the I-20 System discharge of treated wastewater from the Lower Saluda River according to CWS. “As has always been the case, it is entirely in the hands of the Town of Lexington,” Yanity said in his statement.

He continued by saying, “Accusations by the Mayor and Town Administrator regarding the condition of the I-20 System are blatantly false. Their own appraisal states: Based upon the findings of the field review, NewGen is of the opinion that the System has been maintained and kept in adequate working order and condition.” NewGen is a private company that the Town contracted to appraise the facility according to CWS.

Yanity closed by saying, “We look forward to moving through this process quickly and encourage the Town to make every effort to not delay these proceedings as they have done in the past.”

We are waiting on a response from the Town of Lexington regarding this latest development.

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