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City to tackle DUD again
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The Smithville Board of Aldermen voted 4-0 in the absence of Josh Miller Monday night to re-enter the fight with the DeKalb Utility District over its proposed water treatment plant.Upon the recommendation of city attorney Vester Parsley, Jr., the aldermen elected to employ Nashville attorneys Bill Purcell and Jason Holleman to appeal the State Utility Management Review Board's April 4 dismissal of a petition by a group of DUD ratepayers who sought to stop the new plant from being built.The appeal will be heard in Chancery Court in Davidson County.Parsley told city fathers that the appeal must be filed by Aug. 5, or 60 days after the filing of the order from the UMRB hearing.“Earlier this year we had a hearing before the (UMRB) board regarding the application that DUD had made to build a new water treatment plant here outside the city to treat water,” Parsley informed the board. “Of course, we would lose a substantial part of our income that we receive from DUD if they continue on that way. We had 60 days to file an appeal.

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