The relationship between the city and the Peachtree City Water and Sewer Authority is not, as some might assume from the bickering that has gone on in the past over budgets and rates, always adversarial.
In fact, at the last meeting, the Peachtree City council singled out to members of the WASA crew for their efforts which were above and beyond the call of duty when Fire Station 83 developed septic problems over the Labor Day Weekend.
“It’s kind of hard to live without toilets, ”noted Mayor Don Haddix.” Interim Fire Chief Joe O'Conor called on WASA’s on call crew for help. “The response,” said Haddix, “was immediate. Luis Gomez and Michael Cole, they were there in a heartbeat and took care of our firemen and took care of our city.”
Haddix stressed that “it’s not all negative and we do attempt to work together and most of the time, we do a darn good job.”
WASA board chairman Mark Harmon noted that “the way this worked is the way it was supposed to work. There was an emergency in the city, the city called, our on-call employees responded quickly and that’s just how it’s supposed to work. “Too often we as managers and board members only hear the negative about employees. When something’s wrong you get a call right away. This was the nice case and the chief was nice enrough to write a letter to manager Stephen Hogan, praising their efforts. It was very rewarding for this to happen.”