Consumers Ohio proposes public-private partnership

WARREN -- Consumers Ohio Water company plans to revise its last offer to take control of two areas of Trumbull County's water system, the company president told county commissioners Wednesday.
Full details of the proposal are to be mailed to the commissioners within a few weeks, he said.
Consumers Ohio has been negotiating with the county sanitary engineer to purchase the water system serving Liberty, Vienna, Hubbard, Howland and Brookfield for two years.
Walter Pishkur, company president told commissioners that the latest proposal is for a public-private partnership, under which the private company will run the water system for 20 years.
Under the proposal, which had not been reviewed by Tom Halloway, the county sanitary engineer, the company would also make $4 million of its money available for the county to install new waterlines.
Those lines would be the property of Consumers Ohio, Pishkur said.
The company would also offer the county $700,000 to pay off the county's debt on a water tower in Brookfield.
He said current customers of the system would get a 7.5-percent rate reduction through 2006.

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