Now that they know the price tag of setting up a municipal water system would be in the neighborhood of $10 million, Town of Gibraltar residents are being asked whether they think the town should spend approximately $25,000 to conduct another study to explore the idea further.
Town Board member and restaurant owner Dick Skare, who saw The Cookery destroyed by fire in 2008, says such a system would provide a reliable source for firefighting, help with issues like water quality and building codes, and essentially act like a "giant insurance policy" for the town...
Gibraltar property owners recently received a mailing from the town which included a summary of the results of a "desktop" study by Cedar Corporation (which can be viewed here) and a survey response postcard to see if they'd favor spending additional town funds to continue to the next level of study. Residents are being asked to return the survey by July 16.
Many residents spoke out against the idea at a June 6 meeting of the Town Board, citing concerns about cost and whether a municipal water system is needed.