Rural Water Advisory Committee Wants Answer from Norfolk City Council

NORFOLK - The Norfolk City Council has approved a letter of commitment to the proposed rural water system south of the Elkhorn River, but it is not exactly what the Rural Water System Advisory Board wants.  At Monday night’s council meeting, members of the advisory board and staff from the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resource District talked about the project and asked the city for a more firm commitment to a partnership. Advisory Board member Paul Medelman explained that the board will be voting Tuesday on whether to include potential customers within the city’s two-mile zoning jurisdiction area – or exclude them because they could have access to Norfolk city water in the future.  The city is currently working on extending city water and sewer to the area, but Medelman said the advisory board needs more than what he calls a “commitment to commit.”  The Council voted unanimously for the letter of support as originally written and agreed to continue working with the Rural Water Advisory Board on the project.