You can count Elkhart City Council member Dave Osborne among those who don’t want the city to cut off service to the few remaining Valley View residents who have not signed the residential compact sewer agreement (Frankly, I haven’t heard anyone support the idea).
Osborne said Friday he thinks there are other legal routes the city could use.
Mayor Dick Moore expressed hope Friday that the holdouts will soon sign the agreement. He also said the city will use every available alternative before considering cutting off service to individual households.
Council members in recent weeks have repeatedly been told by Jon Nelson, leader of the holdouts, that many of the residents can’t afford the the cost of the compact policy. Of course, numerous officials (city and county) have said they believe most residents will pay less under the new policy.
Osborne, a Democrat, predicted somebody on city council may soon propose decreasing the $50 compact fee by a few dollars. He said he won’t propose it, but wondered out loud if it might gain a little traction among some council members.
The county has warned residents that the city could once again consider cutting off service beginning June 2. That date represents the end of the county’s attempt to block the city from doing so.
June 2 falls on a Sunday. That means the soonest the city would likely take action would be Monday, June 3, which also happens to be the next time city council meets.
As of about a week ago, 12 out of about 90 households in Valley View had not signed.