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County Council Votes Against Water and Wastewater Report

Oxford County Council voted against the report last night, so Woodstock and Tillsonburg will remain in control of their own water and wastewater services.

WOODSTOCK/TILLSONBURG - It's official, both Woodstock and Tillsonburg will remain in control of their own water and wastewater services.

County Council voted against a report from staff last night, suggesting the county takeover all water distribution and wastewater collection services in Oxford.

Warden Larry Martin says lots of people packed Council Chambers in order to witness the lengthy discussion.

"Council had a very good discussion on it and at the end of the day they decided that what we've got is working and why would we want to fix it."

City-County Councillor Deb Tait was also very happy with the turnout.

"Thankfully they stayed right until the end. There was no air conditioning on in the Chamber for some reason, but they stayed right until the bitter end and they were really happy. It was a good turnout and I was really happy that they showed up because it makes a big difference."

Eight councillors voted against the report in the end and two voted in favour. Tait was one of the councillors who voted against the report, so she was very happy with the final result.

"It sends a good staff to our staff and to the workers. It was a huge relief for them. They have been having this hanging over them for a year and a half and there was concern about losing jobs."

Martin had voted in favour of the report, but he is still satisfied with the end result.

"The County owns the infrastructure and if anything happens the County will be liable. It's a concern, but Woodstock and Tillsonburg have done a good job over the 20 years. It has nothing to do with a reflection on the employees, the work they have done or anything like that. We're grateful for the work and the dedication they do put forward."

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