No Action Taken on Water Well, Cistern Ordinance Proposal

The Webster County Board of Supervisors took no action on a proposal that would have required inspections of private wells before property sales. Jack Bradley with the Webster County Environmental Health Department, addressed the board, saying he proposed the ordinance in response to some water samples he took in 2012. Bradley said four of six water samples he took at the time of property transfer were unsafe, and could have included E. coli. Several local realtors questioned the ordinance, saying it would require realtors become bound to a contract, which has never been a requirement in property sales. Board Chairman Bob Singer says the supervisors took no action to allow for more time for discussion

While the board agreed that public health is a top concern, a majority of the supervisors also said the ordinance as currently written would have overstepping their authority.

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