War brewing over Hendersonville water system

News 13 WLOS – Frank Kracher

Shades of Asheville’s water war are unfolding in another mountain city. Hendersonville said Henderson County is about to reveal a proposal to change who controls the city’s water and sewer system.

County officials said details of the plan would not be released until county’s regular meeting Wednesday morning. But city officials said they know what to expect and are not pleased with the idea.

“I am mad. I’m not gonna lie,” cit councilman Jeff Miller said. “I just don’t get it, other than a power grab. If you don’t do this, we’re going to do this.”

Miller said he knows what will be presented at Wednesday’s meeting, although no county official will confirm details, saying they will presented to commission members.

Miller said county commissioner William Lapsley plans to propose a resolution that the city turn over its water and sewer utility control, either to a regional authority or be regulated by the N.C. Public Utilities Commission.

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