An Update from Mayor Cahill Regarding the New Brunswick Water Utility

Regarding the New Brunswick Water Utility,

The transition period during which American Water took on the operational support of the City’s Water Treatment facilities has been seamless and has gone remarkably well.

The City’s Water Utility employees have performed admirably and have certainly risen to the occasion. Our employees have developed a professional and positive working relationship with the individuals assigned by American Water. This has provided a nice blend of our experienced and dedicated staff and a fresh perspective provided by the vantage point of American Water.

The City has hired the management consulting firm Carpenter, Shackleton & Company to assist in the search for a new Water Utility Director. The firm’s managing partner, George Shackleton, is currently in the process of vetting several candidates for the position.

Negotiations continue with American Water regarding a one-year agreement to follow the interim Memorandum of Understanding under which we are currently operating. I had hoped to be in a position to submit a proposed agreement for the consideration of the City Council at its Aug. 20 meeting, but summer vacation schedules precluded that from happening. Discussions continue with American Water and City administration anticipates presenting a proposed agreement at the Council’s Sept. 3 meeting. In the interim, we will continue to operate under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding.

The City will continue to keep consumers informed as we go forward.

Sincerely,

Mayor Jim Cahill