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September 23, 2010

Doing the right thing for the people

CULLMAN — An open letter to Senator Zeb Little:

Thank you for expressing to me your interest in my involvement in an issue that is very important to me and, indeed, is important to all citizens of Cullman County and to our neighbors in adjoining counties as well. Several weeks ago at the conclusion of the public forum that you convened at the civic center, I expressed my eagerness to discuss with you my reasons for joining with the county commission in establishing the GUSC and the SCCD boards. You thought it appropriate to address me in an open letter and so I will reply to you in like manner.

You are urging me to “do the right thing.” I must tell you that when I left the gathering at the Holly Pond Methodist Church on the afternoon of April 10, I was sorely dismayed. The meeting was called for those with an interest in agriculture in the Duck Creek Watershed and I didn’t expect to see you, Senator Little, at that meeting, but I was disappointed that Mayor Townson and Commission Chairman Graves could not be there. I left knowing that quality, fairly-priced water was not to be the future for the citizens of Cullman County. I know that if the city was selling “water at cost” that they were either disingenuous or inefficient because lower-priced, quality water was available to county systems from sources outside the county.

I know that the May 2000 water purchase contract would be replaced by a new contract as soon as the new commission was seated after the November elections.

I knew that the new contract would contain the same inequities, would make the county systems solely dependent on the city for water, would obligate the county for the cost of dam construction on Duck Creek, and would extend the life of the contract to 2040.

Senator Little, I am “doing the right thing.” You tell me to “give our water back.”

I assure you that if given the opportunity I will give selfless service to provide fairly-priced, quality water for the customers of the Cullman County Water Department/SCCD. I believe that all of the citizens of Cullman County will benefit from that effort. I hope to speak to you again soon.

Dennis Haynes

Board member

South Cumberland Cooperative District

GUSC of Cullman County

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