Franklin, Madison Counties Reach Water Agreement

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Franklin County will soon be selling water to Madison County via an intergovernmental agreement.

At this week’s Franklin County Board of Commissioners’ meeting, Franklin County Manager Billy Morse said he had been contacted by Madison County officials about extending the Franklin County water system into Madison County.

According to Morse, the Madison County Industrial Building Authority would like to extend their water line to connect with Franklin County’s system on U.S. Highway 29, adding that the interconnection will allow Franklin County to sell water to Madison County for a profit and will also allow Franklin County to access Madison County water in the event of an emergency.

Morse said Madison County would cover all of the installation expense for the interconnection and would purchase a minimum of 20,000 gallons a day from Franklin County for the next 25 years.

A motion to pass the agreement passed unanimoiusly.

In other business from this week’s Franklin County Commission meeting, the board also voted to allow both the Probate Judge’s office and the Magistrate Judge’s office to conduct audits prior to January.

Both offices will have new judges come January 1st. Cody Grizzle will take over as the new Franklin County Magistrate Judge and Ken Eavenson will become the new Franklin County Probate Judge.

Both have requested departmental audits for the months of July through December 2012. The board of commissioners Monday unanimously approved the audits at a cost of $5,800 for both departments.