Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland has been quick to say, “H2-whoa!” to rumors about the Chester Water Authority (CWA).
During a November Council meeting, Kirkland took a few minutes to address what he called a bogus letter circulating with the City of Chester seal about a CWA meeting.
Kirkland pointed out that City Council does not have the authority to call CWA meetings. He said the letter was first brought to his attention on Election Day at a polling place. A voter questioned him about the letter, showed it to him and he didn’t know what she was talking about. When he looked at the letter, he said it was a clearly doctored document. The letter is being circulated by hand and through social media.
“The persons who sent this information…and we are actively pursuing those persons, they placed the city seal on a fictitious and false document trying to make it look like this Council called a meeting,” said Kirkland. “Transparency is very important to us. It’s why were are actively investigating and trying to figure out who these individuals are. We have an idea that it was politically motivated and was sent out to deceive residents and try to betray this Council.”
Earlier in the month, residents flooded a conference room at Neumann University on a Friday afternoon hoping to douse the possibility of the CWA being sold to a private company. Much of the fear stemmed from an Oct. 25 letter Kirkland sent to CWA board Chair Cynthia Leitzell.
Kirkland, that day, addressed the overflow crowd, many who questioned his choice of words in the letter which included him saying, the City has, “the right to dissolve the authority.”
“I sent (you) the letter to begin to build a bridge of communication,” Kirkland said to Leitzell. “I’ve had numerous fruitful conversations with Solicitor Francis Catania regarding the CWA. In our conversations, we have never talked, and I have never mentioned, about the selling of the CWA.”