FALCONER – The Jamestown Post-Journal is reporting that the ongoing negotiations involving a new water contract between the city of Jamestown and the town of Ellicott could soon be over.
For the past 18 months the two sides have been working to update the water and sewer services agreement between the city – which operates the water system via the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities – and the town of Ellicott, which contracts for those services.
On Thursday, Ellicott Town Supervisor Patrick McLaughlin signed a new tentative contract that he thinks will benefit both parties involved.
Under terms of the contract, the water rates for Ellicott residents will rise to 200 percent of what Jamestown residents pay. In exchange, the BPU will take care of all water and sewer maintenance, meaning Ellicott officials will no longer have to worry about unexpected payments.
The contract must be further approved and recommended by the PBU for Jamestown City Council approval to proceed, and the council will then decide whether to approve the contract at a future meeting.
If the agreement is not approved, the city and town may revert back to the 1987 agreement, which McLaughlin said would be more expensive than what was signed on Thursday.