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Oxford Mayor Has Water Advice for Henderson

Posted October 23, 2007

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— The mayor of Oxford took a jab Tuesday at what he said Henderson officials have not done since a water leak last week that spilled 1.5 million gallons and affected residents in several counties.

Oxford Mayor Al Woodlief said Henderson should make major upgrades to its water system to keep it from happening again.

The pipe broke Thursday and caused a lot of headaches for city water customers.

“They hadn't been checking out their equipment,” Woodlief said.

Specifically, Henderson could have looked at replacing some of its cutoff valves, which he said would have enabled city workers to isolate the leaking pipe more rapidly. Oxford was forced to do it years ago, the mayor said.

“We have a lot of pipes that are 90 years old in our downtown area. This could happen to us today, but if it does, we will be able to shut off that particular area and it won't drain all our resources,” Woodlief said.

For their part, Henderson officials maintain there's no cause for city water customers to be alarmed about any future incident.

“Lines break. Things happen,” said Jerry Moss, Henderson city manager.

Replacing the valves would be expensive, Moss said. There are hundreds of valves in the city system, and each would cost thousands of dollars to replace, Moss said.

The leadership in Henderson is changing soon, with Moss in his last week on the job and five city council spots changing hands next month. Woodlief does not see that as a good omen.

“I don't think that the new leadership will address it that quickly,” Woodlief said.

In one change since the pipe break, however, 911 dispatchers will notify all the people who would be needed to fix a broken pipe.

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  • TheDude abides... Oct 24, 2007

    This is coming from the mayor of a town that regularly (when we have normal water supply) has major major waste treatment problems that end up dumping tens of thousands of gallons of sewage into the Tar River. I know this because, in Franklin County,(downstream) they give us a heads up every time.

  • iamforjustice Oct 24, 2007

    Both cities need new mayors IMHO.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 23, 2007

    Duh yup repairs cost money. Duh Duh. The worse part of it is almost none of these towns and cities set money aside in a budget to take care of maintenance. Just keep your fingers crossed that the pipe breaks when the next guy holds the elected office. Same thing with bridges and other infrastructure. We have some sad sad people running things.

  • gnew46 Oct 23, 2007

    I thought Henderson had its own Mayor and it ain't Woodlief.

  • phoenixelon99 Oct 23, 2007

    I'm so happy I live in Franklinton...we have our own water.

  • bullrod002 Oct 23, 2007

    Just like alot of other things in Hunason, let the family who owns all the Shell convenience stores. They own county commissioners and other votes in that county, maybe they'll help you with the bill,Vance County.

  • MizzZeta Oct 23, 2007

    I wonder how much the Oxford mayor is contributing financially to his proposed upgrades?