EARLY — It became apparent Tuesday night there are still issues to be worked before the Early City Council agrees to a contract to buy treated water.

City Administrator Ken Thomas updated council members on the Brown County Water Improvement District’s board meeting he attended earlier Tuesday.

Discussion at that meeting indicated the Zephyr Water Supply Corp. board is interested in owning a portion of a proposed pipeline that will supply treated water to Early, Thomas said. Earlier discussions have indicated that the Zephyr Water Supply, a longtime Early water customer, wants to go in with Early on the pipeline and buy capacity.

Thomas said if Zephyr pulls out of the pipeline plan, it appears the water district might not keep its offer on the table to Early as a single entity. The water district has offered to supply the labor to build a 24-inch pipeline with a capacity of 10 million gallons a day.

Council members agreed they need to have a joint meeting with the Zephyr board, and Mayor Bob Mangrum said he’ll try to arrange a meeting for sometime next week.

Council members seemed frustrated at the latest development, saying the time is coming to reach a contract or move on to other options.

Last month, council members opted to go with the pipeline plan rather than having the city build a new water treatment plant and continue treating its own water.

In an unrelated matter, council members declined to grant a 12-foot variance to the 25-foot setback required on both streets of a corner lot for a fence at 111 Mark Allen Dr.