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Pioneer Rural Water District filed a complaint Wednesday claiming Oconee County, the cities of Seneca and Westminster and the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority “are unlawfully attempting to prevent” Pioneer from building a proposed $19 million water treatment plant.
Oconee County’s administrator says his words were purposely used out of context by Pioneer Rural Water District’s top official to dupe customers into believing he supports the district’s $19 million water treatment plant project.
Despite changes to enabling legislation for Pioneer Rural Water District, the state attorney general’s office stands by its original opinion issued in 2012 the charter does not give Pioneer explicit authority to build a new water treatment plant.
Although the customer base for Pioneer Rural Water District has been stagnant for almost a decade, Pioneer’s top official said Monday the district rejected recommendations from a state utilities watchdog to downsize a proposed $19 million water treatment plant.
A local state legislator has filed a joint resolution in the Senate that would require Pioneer Rural Water District to halt construction on a $19 million water treatment plant until a court rules on the plant’s fate.
Pioneer Rural Water District took the first step at a special called board meeting Thursday in fighting a complaint filed in court this week by Oconee County and the cities of Seneca and Westminster.