Tough Questions: City's Water Woes Continue - WNEM TV 5

Tough Questions: City's Water Woes Continue

The water woes continue in Bay City as rates continue to soar and now the Drain Commissioner has come up with a new plan to take the power away from the City Commission.

Last year, sewer rates in Bay City soared 23 percent. Mayor Chris Shannon said that's because they had to pay almost $40 million in federally mandated upgrades to the water and sewer treatment plant. Shannon said the rate hikes helped pay for that.

Drain Commissioner Joseph Rivet said the hikes are due to years of bad decisions by the city commission. Rivet would like to see a ballot proposal that would approve selling the Bay City water and sewer systems to a county-run authority for a dollar.

The Bay County authority would strictly oversee water and sewer operations for the entire county.

"The caretakers of this system have been the city commissioners for many years and I just don't think it's the right fit anymore and we want to take a different approach," said Rivet.

"I continued to be mystified by his approach," Shannon told TV5. "He has not called me, asked to sit down and discuss. He's not informed on current discussion both in Bay County and regionally. I see this as a distraction to honest earnest efforts in Bay County to do what's best for citizens."

The Bay City Commission has set up a special meeting on the issue next Thursday night. TV5 will be at that meeting and will report on its outcome.

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