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Future of Matoaka in hands of voters

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The Town of Matoaka has a special election Tuesday, that will determine if American Water can take over the water system. 

The Mercer County Commission has been assisting Matoaka with fixing the water system and providing deputies to patrol the town. In order for the County to continue it's efforts, the Town must become unincorporated. Residents will vote at Lashmeet Matoaka School, in order to dissolve the town's charter and become unincorporated. 

"The town cannot survive anymore," said Travis Colonna, the Town Recorder. "We have a busted water plant we pieced together for the town people. We're in negotiations with American Water. The quality of their water is going to be a whole lot better."

Travis says more businesses have to come into the Town, to help boost it's economic growth and stability.

"There's one business here behind us and that's really all we have in Town. We're hoping the ATV Trail is going to draw some new businesses. I think after the town becomes unincorporated it might give some other people opportunities to come here and put in some different things that aren't allowed with the charter."

Sherry Sharpe is the owner of C&R Furniture and Hardware. She's also a Council Member for Matoaka. Sherry says there's no other option for the town but to unincorporate. 

"We have no more money to pay our bills," Sherry said.  "As soon as we unincorporate, American Water will come through and take over the water. We desperately need that. There's no alternative left for us to do."

Sherry wants members of the community to show up and vote so the town can heal and move forward, together. 

"They need to vote to unincorporate so we can ban together as a community. We can get out of a lot of the financial pressures that we have now."

Shelly wants one issue resolved first. 

"The water. It's the most important thing right now." 

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