Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 12, 2013

AMWA seeks home

Water authority meets to discuss board issue

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Municipal Water Authority is looking for a home.

The board of directors voted on Tuesday to look for office space. The board also decided to create a line item in the budget for personnel expenses, and authorize $100,000 to pay the employees. At present, the authority has no office of its own, and holds meetings at the City Hall Annex.

“It will be two people to start off with,” Executive Director Wylie Pirkle said. “I don’t think there’s any way we’ll use the entire $100,000 in this budget year, but I wanted to go ahead and get enough in there.”

Pirkle said there are facilities available that might fit the AMWA’s needs.

“What I’d like to do is go and start looking at sites, then start looking at design,” Pirkle said. “We’ve got to decide what we need in that facility, how many offices and meeting rooms.”

Pirkle suggested appointing a committee consisting of himself, Director Steve Sparkman and Director Charles Elliot to study possible sites.

“What we need to do is look for them, then bring them back to you to discuss them,” Pirkle said.

The meeting began on a somber note with the announcement from attorney Martin Bennett that Board President Mike Stover died after a long illness. Director Joe Whatley presided over the meeting in Stover’s absense.

Members of the board are elected. They must reside in and own taxable property within the boundaries served by the authority. Directors can’t be a member of the governing body of a municipality or an employee of a municipality.