In response to the letter to the editor of March 1, titled “Action is required on Aurora’s water,” we would like to correct the writer’s contention that there has been a “lack of action” on this important issue. In December of 2016, Wells College shared with the Mayor, the Village Board of Trustees, and residents of Aurora that it wants to stop supplying water.
Anyone who has attended village board meetings for the last 14 months would know that there has been an update at each meeting on contacts with local and state legislators, funding agencies, the Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority (CCWSA), and other county resources. As a result, the village board has acted to hire expert consultants, allocate funds, and enter into agreements with the Inns of Aurora and the college. Board meetings are open to the public, and both the agenda and the minutes of each meeting are posted on the village website.
However, the writer has not attended any of these water-related Board meetings or, it appears, read the minutes.
As these records show, immediately after the announcement by Wells College, the mayor and village board instructed the village engineer, with appropriate consultants, to begin a feasibility study for a new water plant. Of course, such a preliminary study requires comparison with other possible solutions; the writer’s “suggestions” were already among these. State and federal assistance on such projects, like any grants, require a clear plan well-supported by documentation, and that is what this study will provide.
The actions so far have already paid off. Because of the work done by the CCWSA in conjunction with Wells and the village, the cost of this study has been cut in half. As a result, the Inns of Aurora, Wells College and the village are sharing the cost of the feasibility study.
A great deal has already been done and is currently being done in response to the water situation in Aurora. This is not what a “lack of action” looks like; on the contrary, it is positive, demonstrable action for Aurora’s future.
Janet Murphy and Alan Ominsky
Murphy is deputy mayor and Ominsky is a trustee in the village of Aurora