Public Forum on Allentown’s Water & Sewer Privatization Proposal

The League of Women Voters of Lehigh County invites the public to attend an informational forum about Allentown water and sewage privatization. The forum is intended to provide general information, not to advocate for or against the privatization proposal.

It will be held in the Public Hearing Room on the first floor of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 South 7th Street, Allentown, on Tuesday, February 19, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The following panelists have been invited. In alphabetical order, they are

Mary Grant, Researcher, Food and Water Watch

Jim Kennedy, former Mayor of Rahway, New Jersey

Dan Koplish, retired Allentown City Water Resources Manager (30+years)

Ed Pawlowski, Mayor, City of Allentown

Daniel Poresky, Citizens for Allentown’s Water

Scott Shearer, Managing Director, Public Financial Management, City of Allentown

Al Wurth, Professor, Department of Political Science, Lehigh University

Each panelist will make a brief presentation followed by a question-and-answer period. The moderator, Lehigh County League President Mary Anne Rood, will ask questions that have been written by members of the audience. The panelists will discuss:

1. Why they believe or do not believe a public water supply should be managed by a municipal entity or one (such as LCA) whose board is appointed by elected officials.

2. Does concession leasing of the water supply system give the private operator the right to sell water out of the area?

3. The possible or probable impacts on other municipalities (the systems are very interconnected, and some purchase water from Allentown).

4. Should any contract with a private operator have to be approved by all municipalities that have a water or sewer agreement with Allentown?

5. The real costs of supplying public water and sewerage in this area.

6. Experiences in other communities that have sold or leased their water-supply or sewer systems.

For further information please contact Janet K. Little

Action Chair, League of Women Voters of Lehigh County

home phone 610-398-7228;

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that promotes political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.

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