Board votes against dropping lawsuit between H2GO, Town of Belville

Board votes against dropping lawsuit between H2GO, Town of Belville

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - At its Monday night meeting, the H2GO Board of Commissioners voted against a resolution to drop the lawsuit between H2GO, the Town of Leland, and the Town of Belville.

Commissioner Rodney McCoy proposed the resolution, which was voted down 3-2. McCoy said he knew the resolution would likely be voted down due to the split nature of the board, but wanted to have his position on record.

"I felt it was important to get out of the lawsuit in order to best serve the customers in the long run," McCoy said. "It's important that H2GO provide the best sewer service and especially the best water service and as long as this lawsuit is active, providing safe healthy water is not something that will be done."

The board was expected to discuss cooperation between H2GO and the Town of Leland but commissioner Jeff Gerken made a motion to discuss it at a future meeting, citing the potential agreements as only drafts of litigation.

Tensions were high at the meeting as those who spoke during the public comment portion made direct attacks toward some commissioners, who often rebutted the comments made.

Earlier this month, a Superior Court judge dismissed two claims made in the legal battle between the Town of Belville, the Town of Leland and H2GO, the water and sewer authority serving residents in Brunswick County.

The H2GO controversy centers around a reverse osmosis plant expected to cost about $30 million. It was first proposed in 2015.

The argument came to a head last November when the outgoing H2GO board voted to dissolve the authority and sell its assets to the Town of Belville in a last-ditch effort to save the controversial plant. The Town of Leland and the H2GO board want Belville to return assets to H2GO.

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