The Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority took the first steps last Thursday night toward getting a long-wanted second connection with the Commerce water system.
The authority approved a memorandum of agreement to be signed by the city spelling out a joint venture to build a two-way pump station on Hwy. 334 that would allow the authority and the city to buy and sell water to and from each other. It also approved a $21,700 addendum to its engineering contract for design of a line to serve Harris Lord Cemetery Road to extend the 12-inch line 6,100 feet to the city’s end point on Hwy. 334.
The issue came up between the authority’s Aug. 4 work session and its regular meeting last Thursday. Manager Eric Klerk said he and water manager Stacey Jenkins had met with Bryan Harbin, the city’s director of water and sewer operations over what they expected would be a more long-range plan and found the city “very interested” in the project — interested enough to share the cost of building the pump station and making the connection.