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Alderman Are Not Taking Care Of Business

Water Valley’s water system is operating under a “significant deficiency” because our alderman have not attended mandatory training. 

The Water Valley water system’s score went down on the 2014 State Health Department inspection to a capacity rating score of 4.3 out of a possible 5 because they had not attended the training. This was reported in the Herald in April of 2015.

At the time, Melissa Parker, Deputy Director, Office of Environmental Health at Mississippi Department of Health said that if the board members have not received the training by the next ground water rule survey in 2016, it would be considered a significant deficiency.

Two years have passed and the rating has gone done again. What’s sad is we should have a top rating of 5 out of 5. But, because our aldermen have still not received the training, we are now at a 3.7 out of 5 in the 2016 report and we have that term, significant deficiency, attached to our system.

The bottom line is that Water Valley’s board of aldermen are not taking care of business. Board meetings are brief, usually just a few minutes. It is obvious that no business is discussed in the meeting. More than one alderman told me that they come to the meetings prepared to vote so that they present a united front to the public. 

The water system training is just one symptom of a larger problem.

Jack Gurner

Dupuy Street

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