Effingham County and Rincon officials may meet one more time — and one last time — to discuss water and sewer service for the Grandview development.
A proposal for the county to provide service for Grandview was tabled at Tuesday’s commissioners’ meeting until their June 5 session. In the interim, commission Chairwoman Verna Phillips urged the county, Rincon officials and the Old Augusta Development Group to meet again to discuss the matter of who is best suited to serve the development.
“Isn’t it feasible for us to have another meeting?” Phillips said.
She also wants to see if Rincon would be willing to cover the county’s costs in engineering and survey for the work done in extending its lines. Assistant County Administrator David Crawley said the developers are looking to extend lines north from Chimney Road to Old Augusta Road. The county is proposing to extend its lines from Highway 21.
Old Augusta originally talked with Rincon in the hopes the city could provide water to them faster than the county could. But the timelines of the city and county wound up being similar. Also, developers balked at being annexed into the city and having to go through the zoning process again.
“We still have a real strong interest in pursuing this item,” Rincon Mayor Ken Lee said. “I feel we need more input and conversations on this subject to address this.”
Crawley said he wasn’t sure if another meeting would do Rincon any good.
“How long has this been going on?” asked Commissioner Hubert Sapp. “How long are we going to be holding them at bay?”
The county has been invoiced for $133,000 and would look to recoup its expenses if it can’t serve Grandview.
Commissioners voted 4-1 to hold such a meeting, with Jeff Utley casting the dissenting vote. But they also expressed a desire to bring the issue to a conclusion.
“One more meeting and then we will walk away from it,” Sapp said, “one way or the other. I don’t feel like we should keep stringing folks along. That seems to be what’s happening.”
Said Commissioner Myra Lewis, “Rincon wants it settled, the developer wants it settled and we want it settled.”