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Community Meetings Scheduled in Heavener on Water Quality

(HEAVENER, OK)  Residents in the Heavener, Oklahoma area will have two opportunities to speak out about the poor water quality and conditions that is being served by the Heavener Utility Authority and the effects that it has on its customers.

Oklahoma State Representative Lundy Kiger announced late last week that he will moderate and facilitate two community stakeholder meetings related to the water issues, that should give residents and business owners updates on various topics regarding the water situation.

Representative Kiger stated that some of those topics to be discussed with citizens will include whether the City of Heavener has developed a water plan to try to fix the dirty water issues, and details of how the city will benefit financially from the OK Foods recent water agreement through the Poteau Valley Improvement Authority.

In addition, what possible effects of local politics on real solutions being developed, alleged conflicts of interest from certain city council members and outside engineering support to help demonstrate specific reasons why dirty water is being produced by the city and their contractor.

Representative Kiger has scheduled the first of the two community/stakeholder town hall meetings on August 14th at 11:30 a.m., at the Donald W. Reynolds Center at 105 Reynolds Avenue in Poteau. Lunch will be provided. Anyone wishing to attend should call the Poteau Chamber of Commerce at (918) 647-9178 to RSVP by the end of the day on August 9th.

The second town hall meeting will be held on August 15th at 11 a.m. at the Heavener Public Library at 203 East Avenue C, in downtown Heavener. According to the legislator, the same topics will be discussed at both town hall meetings. No RSVP is required for the second meeting.

Since Representative Kiger held two town hall meetings previously and also met with Heavener City Council and Utility Authority members describing the complaints by Heavener residents and business owners he received, water quality at Heavener continues to be bad or sometimes worse than ever.

Kiger added that “It’s time for city leaders to wake up and understand this problem is harming their city, citizens and businesses,” and went on to say that. “The water quality also affects the entire region, and something has to be done now before people and industries are forced to pack up and leave.”

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