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BCWA will re-interview for legal counsel

By   /  January 10, 2013  /  News  /  9 Comments

If at first you don’t succeed, try again. The Bristol County Water Authority’s board of directors voted to do just that Wednesday night, when members invited all of the finalists in its search for legal counsel back for new interviews. Those interviews ended prior to Dec. 20, when the board hired Cameron and Mittleman to […]

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Water board approves 11 percent rate hike

By   /  January 10, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

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Bristol County Water Authority customers will pay an average 11 percent more for their water this coming year. The authority’s board of directors voted 7-2 Wednesday night to institute the rate hike, though board members held off on raising rates further down the road — for now. Struggling with a deteriorating infrastructure, unreliable treatment plant […]

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Appointment of BCWA legal counsel questioned

By   /  January 4, 2013  /  News  /  6 Comments

BCWA board of directors chairman Allan Klepper voted in favor of keeping the agency's current legal firm.

The Bristol County Water Authority Board of Directors recently decided against a change in legal counsel though some residents aren’t happy with how the move was carried out. On Thursday, Dec. 20, the board voted 5-2 in favor of maintaining Cameron and Mittleman as BCWA legal counsel. The vote, which marked the end of a […]

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Residents question BCWA’s appointment of legal counsel, 12 percent rate hike

By   /  January 3, 2013  /  News  /  4 Comments

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The Bristol County Water Authority hosted a second public hearing on a potential 12 percent rate hike Thursday night though a portion of the evening ended up focused on a recent board of directors’ vote that some alleged to be a violation of state open meeting law. On Thursday, Dec. 20, the board voted 5-2 […]

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BCWA hosts public hearing tonight

By   /  January 3, 2013  /  News  /  1 Comment

BCWA executive director Pam Marchand explains the authority's financial situation at a recent public hearing.

The Bristol County Water Authority will host a second public hearing in advance of a potential 12 percent rate hike tonight at 6 p.m. The hearing will be held at Warren Town Hall. The BCWA held an initial hearing on the proposal at Mt. Hope High School on Dec. 20. The rate hike could be […]

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Op-ed: BCWA board charged with difficult task

By   /  December 30, 2012  /  Columns  /  3 Comments

By Bill Gosselin When I was appointed as a director to the Bristol County Water Authority by the Warren Town Council in 2007, I was given a policy and procedures manual. I thought that this would be an appropriate time to list a few items pertaining to the conduct of the board of directors: The […]

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Water rates would rise 31 percent under plan

By   /  December 21, 2012  /  News  /  15 Comments

BCWA executive director Pam Marchand explains the authority's financial situation at a recent public hearing.

The audience was small — just a handful of people — but directors of the Bristol County Water Authority got an earful when they held a public hearing on a plan to raise water rates held Thursday night at the Mt. Hope High School cafeteria. From the timing of the request to the need for […]

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Not enough time

By   /  December 21, 2012  /  Editorials  /  3 Comments

They may have followed the letter of the law. The spirit? That’s another story. The Bristol County Water Authority held a public hearing Thursday night to talk about what could amount to an effective 31 percent rate hike over the next five years. Almost nobody showed, though the meeting was publicized in these newspapers beforehand. […]

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Councilors: Proposed BCWA rate hike feels rushed

By   /  December 20, 2012  /  News  /  3 Comments

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The holiday season might not be the best time for holding public hearings and voting on rate hikes. That’s some how some local officials feel anyway, including a few of those on hand for a meeting of the Barrington, Bristol and Warren Town Councils Wednesday night. The majority of the meeting focused on a presentation […]

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BCWA sued by Anawan Club

By   /  December 20, 2012  /  News  /  No Comments

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The Anawan Club has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the Bristol County Water Authority alleging the agency has failed to perform maintenance work and repairs at and around the Anawan Dam as required in an agreement with the club. Anawan Club President David Drowne and Vice-President Jack Hutson addressed the suit at a meeting of […]

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