Last week I wrote ‘No one can explain Chester Water Authority selling out to Chester City’ and this week it’s getting even more bizarre. If it keeps up like this, I’m buying the rights to the screen play and renting space in Tyler Perry’s studio.

Let’s recap our last episode where I wrote this about the judge’s ruling giving what I thought was direction to the City of Chester on how thing would be proceeding…

Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Spiros Angelos issued an order indicating any sale of CWA assets must be approved not only by the city, but also by Chester and Delaware counties, where the bulk of the authority’s customers live.

Chester city government ain’t paying the judge no mind and are going about their business like he doesn’t even exist…

Chester City Solicitor Ken Schuster said earlier Friday that the city was moving forward with the bid process and would have a website available for the public to review the bids in full and comment in some fashion. He added that whatever bid was selected would be contingent on a court order either allowing the sale to proceed, probably from the Commonwealth or Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

To my knowledge, between last week and this week, no one has engaged Chester County and Delaware County in this bid process. Maybe Chester City has no intentions of involving Chester County and Delaware County in this deal. Who knows what they’re thinking.

Although the new website wasn’t available last week for the public to review the bids, it mysteriously arrived in the last few days. I don’t have a clue if it’s just for Chester City folks or also for folks from Chester County and Delaware County to chime in on these 4 proposals. I don’t know how long the review period is, but if you’ve been sitting at home waiting with baited breath to read these 4 proposals from Aqua Pennsylvania, American Water, and Chester Water Authority, this must feel like Christmas morning for you.

I looked at the site and the stuff on the site. I must say, whoever made the site doesn’t work for the City of Chester. This site looks great. It has no resemblance to the official city website which leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe there was money in the bid process to hire a real web designer to create a site for you to review the bids. If so, really nice job. I recommend they hire you when the hiring freeze is lifted.

Upon reading the message from the Mayor of Chester on the pretty new website, I got more confused. He’s asking us to read the bids that were submitted and let him know what we think like we read bids like this to our children as bedtime stories. Will any of us know enough about what we’re looking at to be able to give a reasonable response? I guess they think enough of us do. He says…

Charting a future for the water assets serving portions of Delaware and Chester County is a big decision, and we want your input.

He tells us the City of Chester is winning in the courtroom even though I thought there were a dozen or so pending law suits hung up in courtrooms from Media to Harrisburg thanks to Chester Water Authority filings. Yet, the mayor says…

…after significant litigation, we have won an interim victory and are now able to get a sense of the market for these assets.

He does sound excited to get your input on these bids, though.

I am thus pleased to make available for your review the three bids, containing four proposals, we received for the assets.

we decided to build this website and put up these proposals, and to seek your input.

Then there’s the confusing language making me thing twice about wanting to read these bids…

…we know that there is a significant cost associated with each transactions which is higher higher for the private bids, because under state law we would have to pay off the CWA’s approximately $80 million in debt…

He reminds us we need to get some money in this city. This whole thing is about selling the Chester Water Authority but he makes it seem that it may not be…

Now more than ever we need a path to solvency. And that path, if it involves a deal for the CWA assets…

‘IF’ it involves a deal for the CWA assets? Is there another deal we’re supposed to be considering?

Then it gets a little strange. Instead of just recommending we read the proposals and make up our own minds (or do an eeny, meeny, miny, moe selection), he give us a few paragraphs of what he describes as…

A little summary first.

In the summary, he’s seems to be weighing the pros and cons of a few aspects of the bids between a few of the bidders. Honestly, I would have rather read the bids first before being confused by his summary statements which could easily be interpreted to favor one bidder over another…or just add to the overall confusion of the whole thing.

Don’t let me try to convince you to go read the bids. I don’t know what difference it’s going to make anyway. If the City really wants you to review these bids, I’ll let them point you to their pretty new website themselves.

Here’s a couple websites you can visit that will make a difference: Complete the 2020 Census and request a mail-in ballot for the June election. Those two things I understand fully.