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Old 04-16-2012, 12:31 AM   #1
Bill Chappel
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Default MUA Rally

Rally against the MUA (Municipal Utilities Authority) (Save Newark)
Newark City Council Meeting
Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 6:30 PM Council Chamber
Attend this important meeting and show the Newark City Council that you support the speakers who oppose the MUA. Don’t be silent while our water is stolen away by the Mayors lawyers and bond brokers. *If you cannot attend call your member of the council at 973-733-4311
Also join us at
Press event and 24 Hr. drink in rally
Thursday April 19 2012, 10 AM on the steps of city hall.
Sponsored by the NEWARK WATER GROUP 973-623-6490 Email bchappel1@verizon.net

Mayor Booker wants to borrow money guaranteed by our water bills only to balance his short-term budget resulting in sky-high water bills for the next 25 years. That is foolish. Balancing his budget on the backs of low and fixed income people who must have water is unjust. What does Booker care he will be long gone away from Newark.

Mayor Booker tried to do-away with Newark’s Water/Sewer Dept and The Newark Watershed Conservation Development Corp to an outside Municipal Utility Authority (MUA). Newark Residents turned out in large numbers and stopped the plan. Now, the city administration is at it again. They are planning to turn our water over to a MUA run by political insiders. This MUA would be at the expense of Newark Residents:

n The water and sewer system and watershed property will not be accountable to the voters of Newark.

n Set up a completely new, expensive layer of bureaucracy to run the authority.

n Provide for speedy contracts to outside corporations—with much less oversight, with huge potential for sweet-heart deals

n Hire whom they wanted, from anywhere.

n Hire more lawyers and public relations people to “sell” us on water-rate increases.

n Hand over the lion’s share of the profits or our Water System to outside bondholders.

Pure and simple, this is a plan to remove control of the City of Newark’s Water and Sewer Department from the duly elected representatives and the people of Newark. The City Administration and City Council must be held accountable, and not be allowed to sell out the people of Newark by spinning off control of Newark’s last most valuable asset.

Newark had a Municipal Utility Authority over 40 years ago—and the city council took it back! Just look in the Library’s archives. At the time, Mayor Kenneth Gibson, a hydraulic engineer, opposed the MUA! This is what Council Member At Large Earl Harris had to say about it then:

“Since the water supply is the City of Newark’s chief asset, it should be back in the hands of the people. It’s not a commodity; it should be in the control of the city who owns it and it should not be in the hands of the so-called ‘Authority” over which the people have no political or economic budgetary control”

“Authorities” have not served the City of Newark residents well, think Port Authority, Housing Authority and School Development Authority. None of them have been transparent, nor worked to benefit the residents. The lion’s share of the benefit has been to drain the city of resources and funds and to provide jobs and contracts to people outside of Newark.

After reviewing the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of “studies”, and meeting with the people who are pushing this proposal, it is clear: An MUA would not do anything that the City Water Department could not do. This plan is an insult to all of our neighbors who get up everyday and do the best they can working for the City of Newark to run the Department of Water and Sewer. City Water-Sewer workers are trying, yet, they STILL lack a full-time, permanent Director. We want effective management of our Water Department. Until full-time water-sewer professionals advocating for the City of Newark Water-Sewer Department are hired. and have a chance to make the Newark Water and Sewer Department into a top notch agency. The Council and Administration have no business squandering our tax dollars to give away our water system.

The residents of Newark deserve better—where the plans that were set out years ago—when the City’s own consultants indicated the Water-Sewer Department could accomplish everything that any MUA could. If the department lags behind, hire a water management professional to get the job done run the Newark Department of Water and Sewer as a state-of-the-art facility serving the people of Newark.

We have had enough of Authorities in Newark. It is time for the City Administration to do what the residents of Newark have demanded and do what they were ELECTED to do: Manage the Newark Water and Sewer Department as a fully public city entity. No additional money should be spent push this plan to “franchise” the Newark Water-Sewer Department. Instead, hire people immediately to tap every source of federal funds that could be coming to the City of Newark right now to upgrade and maintain our Water-Sewer infrastructure. Save the Newark Water and Sewer Department No MUA.


The Newark Water Group is a nonpartisan group of Newark residents committed to keeping the city's water and sewer system and watershed property in direct control of our elected officials and accountable to the voters of Newark. We oppose creation of a Municipal Utility Authority (MUA) that would place control of the water in the hands of an outside authority. We feel water is a human right and too important to treated like a commodity such as oil. The revenues derived from the water system must be used to keep the water/sewer department running as a first-class operation and not for the profit of outside investors. We advocate for the best-managed water department in the United States and for the employment of Newark residents.

For more info: Newark Water Group: 973-973-623-6490. Email: bchappel1@verizon.net
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