Legislation that would have authorized a Metro government takeover of the Madison Suburban Utility District has been deferred indefinitely, but the bill’s sponsor isn’t abandoning the issue.
Councilman Michael Craddock, who represents the bulk of Madison, calls the operator of the area’s 18,000 water meters “non-responsive to customer complaints,” including objections about muddy tap water at various households, lack of cooperation with developers and even nonfunctioning fire hydrants.
“I can’t list all the complaints I’ve had,” Craddock said. “They’ll have a waterline burst somewhere and it will wash somebody’s pavement off the driveway. They’re slow to fix it, if they do agree to fix it.
“You name it, I’ve had it,” he said. “Quite frankly, I’m just tired of it.”
Craddock and co-sponsor Councilman Walter Hunt had filed a bill that sought to transfer jurisdiction over the area — and, accordingly, all functions, rights, duties and liabilities of services — from the agency to Metro.
The bill was up for second reading at Tuesday’s council meeting, but Craddock requested its deferral because he said Metro needed to conduct additional research on the subject.
“It will take them a while to do the study,” he said. “Basically, in a situation like this, Metro government would assume liabilities. We need to know what their liabilities are.”
Asked if he plans to revisit the water-takeover bill, Craddock said, “Absolutely.”
Mark Johnson, general manager of the Madison Suburban Utility District, could not be reached for comment.