Madison County commissioners have repeatedly expressed confusion and dismay over escalating bills at the county jail for water/sewer services provided by the City of Danielsville, which charges the county out-of-city rates.
That irritation was evident again during a recent BOC meeting, when commissioners pointed out that bills from Danielsville have been as high as $10,000 for a month. BOC member Stanley Thomas said it’s unacceptable for the county to possibly pay $120,000 in a year for water from Danielsville for the jail.
“$120,000 is a lot to pay for water,” he said.
Sheriff Kip Thomas spoke on the situation, saying there has been no evidence of water leaks and that there has been no abnormal water use at the sheriff’s office/jail on Hwy. 98.
The commissioners discussed getting new meters for the jail. And commissioner Mike Youngblood asked questions about potentially pulling away from city services at the jail. For instance, he asked industrial authority executive director Marvin White several questions about the feasibility of installing an independent sewer system at the jail. White noted that several local schools are on septic systems, adding that it could be done. He said the county would have to determine a way to dispose of the treated waste water. The board took no action on the issue.