Tuesday, January 16 at 5:30 p.m. the Tuckaseigee Water & Sewer Authority held a board meeting in Sylva regarding the proposed Horsepasture River Wastewater Treatment and Collection System Improvement Project. A group of Cashiers Area stakeholders, including four of the Cashiers Area Chamber Board of Directors (Ken Fernandez of Old Cashiers Realty, Ben Harris of Harris Custom Builders, Glenn Ubertino of Zoller Hardware and Stephanie Edwards of the Chamber) attended the meeting in support of the project.
With a motion by TWSA Board member, Ron Mau, the Board approved funding and its chairman Mike Fitzgerald signed a USDA loan and grant document to finance the $9.5M facility. Pam Hysong, Area Director of Rural Development of the USDA's Asheville office, presented terms and conditions of the low-interest loan and grant package at the public meeting.
When construction is complete this local expansion will allow TWSA to allocate sewer capacity to new businesses and residents and approve a longstanding backlog of service applications. The Chamber will focus efforts towards TWSA board approval of an allocation transfer policy as soon as possible so that pending projects can get underway.
TWSA's action this week is the culmination of extensive collaborative work over a decade or more by Cashiers community leadership, TWSA board members and executives and Jackson County officials. Congratulations and thank you to those who have been involved in this effort.