American Water Applauds City Council's Vote to End Attempted Takeover of Kentucky American Water.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky American Water Employees Commended; Company Ready to Move Forward in Spirit of Partnership
The case for private ownership of water systems was strengthened on Tuesday following the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council's 9-6 vote to override Mayor Teresa Isaac's veto of a resolution calling for an end to the condemnation action condemnation action n. a lawsuit brought by a public agency to acquire private property for public purposes (schools, highways, parks, hospitals, redevelopment, civic buildings, for example), and a determination of the value to be paid. .
The local government's effort to condemn the private water utility was among the largest ever attempted in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. .
After 39 months of defending its right to serve customers in Central Kentucky Central Kentucky is sometimes considered the Central and Southern part of the Bluegrass region, the Far Upper Western Eastern Mountain Coal Fields, and the Far Upper Eastern Pennyroyal regions. Its major cities include Lexington and Frankfort. , officials for Kentucky American Water said they are grateful the government's takeover attempt Noun 1. takeover attempt - an attempt to take control of a corporation
bear hug - a takeover bid so attractive that the directors of the target company must approve it or risk shareholder protest is at an end.
"Our customers made it clear for more than two years that they supported continued service by Kentucky American Water, and a new majority on Council's vote is consistent with the wishes of the citizens of Lexington."
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government began debating a takeover of the water company in February of 2002, then voted 9-6 to condemn the company on July 1, 2003. In November 2004, the voters in Lexington elected a new Council which had a majority of members that opposed the condemnation. The new Council voted on January 20, 2005 to end the condemnation, but the resolution was vetoed by Lexington Mayor Teresa Isaac Teresa Isaac, an American politician, served as mayor of Lexington, Kentucky from 2002-2006. Political Life
Isaac was elected to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government council as an At-Large member in 1988. . Tuesday's veto override In the United States, Congress can a presidential veto by having a 2/3 majority vote in both the House of Representatives and Senate, thus signing the bill into law despite the president's veto. However, a bill may not be overridden if it is a pocket veto. clears the way for the legal proceedings All actions that are authorized or sanctioned by law and instituted in a court or a tribunal for the acquisition of rights or the enforcement of remedies. to be dismissed.
"We believe today what we believed three years ago, that continued ownership by Kentucky American Water ensures the best opportunity for our customers to have access to quality water service at a fair price," said Rowe, "This is a great day for the community and for our employees. Our employees' dedication and perseverance during this time has been extraordinary."
"This is a significant development for Central Kentucky but it also speaks volumes about the value and contributions of privately owned and operated water systems in the United States," Rowe said. "The council essentially recognized the will of the people and the value of a local company and did the right thing when they voted 9-6 to override the Mayor's veto and end the divisive and expensive debate.
"We are grateful to those members of the Urban County Council who recognized that working together in a spirit of partnership, not ownership, is the real opportunity for the future of water service."
The water company sent the documents supporting the agreement approved on Tuesday by the Urban County Council to Mayor Isaac, who is authorized to execute the agreements for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.
"We promised our customers in 2002 that we would continue to provide trusted water service during the attempted takeover, and we have done that," said Rowe. "We also said the company would vigorously defend its right to do business in Lexington, and we have done that. We look forward to growing our business and being a responsible corporate citizen for decades to come."
Kentucky American Water provides reliable, quality service to more than 325,000 people throughout Central Kentucky. Kentucky American Water, with the support of American Water, has the technical capabilities of a nationwide network and the local knowledge to provide the highest quality water with personal service.
With a history of more than 100 years, American Water provides high quality water, wastewater and other related services to more than 18 million people in 29 states and three Canadian provinces Noun 1. Canadian province - Canada is divided into 12 provinces for administrative purposes
province, state - the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation; "his state is in the deep south" . American Water is part of RWE RWE Rot-Weiss Essen (Germann football club)
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