Walhalla leaders react to Seneca request

A report by the utilities superintendent, a day after being elected chair of the Joint Regional Sewer Authority, was one of the top matters before the mayor and council, at their regular meeting of department committees. Scott Parris wanted to let the elected leaders know that neighboring Seneca seeks additional seats on the JRSA. Utilities chairman Josh Holliday and Mayor Danny Edwards are concerned. Edwards said if one city has enough votes to swing things its way, “then why have a board?” Seneca pays about two-thirds of the costs to treat waste water for all municipal customers and believes it is entitled to more than the four seats it currently is allotted. The matter is expected to come to a head during the annual JRSA meeting Monday night in Seneca. Edwards says Walhalla’s city attorney, Julian Stoudemire, has concerns and will be there.