Delta City Council hosted Delta County Commissioners on Nov. 14 for continuing talks regarding the city extending water and sewer to Blake Field and the renovation, or building, of 1525 and 1550 roads leading to the airport and golf course.
Delta County does not want to annex the airport to the City of Delta, which would enable the city to extend water and sewer to the airport with water and sewer users paying city prices and city staff maintaining the lines.
If the county were to build the needed system, connecting its system to the city system, the county would be considered a private water company and would have to hire a licensed operator to maintain its system.
Commissioner Don Suppes spoke of the need for affordable taps to provide water and sewer to the hangers, for bathrooms and small kitchens.
There was considerable support on the part of city council members for finding a way to deliver water and sewer to the airport. Mayor Ron Austin said the airport is a unique entity and provides benefits to the city. Councilmember Nathan Clay agreed, saying no other private airport will be coming to the county.
Betsy Suerth, public works director, provided ready answers concerning size of taps, fire flows, location and sizes of water lines and sewer lines in the area, location of manholes, and additional physical provisions necessary to provide water and sewer to the airport. She spoke on the condition of roads and work necessary to renovate those roads.
Suerth recommended getting the city engineer involved.
Commissioner chair Doug Atchley said the county will consult with its attorney, also, and will see what the county's engineer recommends.
"The commissioners have not met formerly on the project yet, and we need to do that," Atchley said.