Rhett Smith hints he’ll vote yes

JRSA representative Rhett Smith.

A Westminster representative to the Joint Regional Sewer Authority says the need to create new jobs is reason enough for him to favor a project to sewer the Golden Corner Commerce Park. The authority commissioners hold their regular October meeting Monday night, but it wasn’t clear today whether the commissioners will vote on whether they’ll be part of a three-way deal to make the project happen. Westminster’s Rhett Smith said today, “I think we need to do it.” Smith conceded, however, there are likely some details still to be worked out. Details likely center on how much of an annual $600 thousand payment from the county to JRSA is applied to the project. Smith’s counterpart from Seneca, Greg Dietterick, had announced earlier September 30 would be the deadline for all parties to provide feedback to a proposed deal that would involve the county, the sewer authority, and the city as the parties who would bring about piped sewer to an undeveloped industrial park. GCCP’s believers say development there will never be realized until the utilities are in place to attract the job providers.