Last Friday was the last official meeting of the Glen Canyon Special Service District as overseen by the Kane County Commission. As part of the transfer agreement between Kane County and Big Water, meetings will now be conducted as the Big Water Municipal Utilities Board.
For the past 25 years, GCSS has been in charge the water rights of the town of Big Water.
Board chairperson Heather Rankin said a big part of this will be eliminating duplicate services in several areas. She explained that currently there are officials from both organizations doing the same job.
“We saved $2,000 right off the bat by not having to pay twice for accounting service,” said Rankin
The transfer in place now is a temporary operating agreement between the two entities, and they are working at establishing a final agreement. The final agreement, Rankin said, will see all of the assets and liabilities shift from GCSS to the board.
Rankin said she expects it to be a smooth transition with no interruption of service, and hopefully no increase in rates.
Other members of the board are vice-chairperson, Jade McBride, Rick Hull and Billy Streelman.
While Rankin is of the opinion that GCSS has done a good job, she said that her and many other residents of Big Water feel that it being under the jurisdiction of their local government was better.
“As a board we look forward to serving the citizens of Big Water and working closely with the council,” added Rankin.
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