OCEAN PARK - Control of the North Beach Water Company by a public utility district is officially on the November ballot according to general manager R.D. Williams, thanks to a successful last-minute effort to get at least 393 signatures on a petition sought by the North Peninsula Improvement Association.
The week before signed petitions numbered in the 50s, but at the end of last week the required minimum of 300 citizens who live from Joe Johns to Cranberry Road and who are registered voters served by the North Beach Water Company stepped up to the proverbial plate to get the issue on the November ballot.
At present time Pacific County commissioners have appointed a board to manage and operate the water company that the North Beach Public Development Authority created. Through their extraordinary efforts to raise $5.6 million of low-interest financing and to purchase two water companies and to make nearly $1 million in capital improvements to that system, North Beach Water Company has increased drinking water quality and fire suppression capabilities significantly.
A vote for the North Beach Water District Initiative will mean that water consumers will have direct control over who manages and operates their uniquely acquired and funded system.