Before the vote, Mayor Clinton said there's a practical reason to "engage the community in a careful reconsideration" of the project -- to "reduce the likelihood of further delays" by opponents. He noted that the revised Forest Service permit isn't expected until mid to late summer anyway."

And Knight said he still believes his alternative, laid out at the last meeting, of delaying the piping and intake facility "has merit."

Well after the vote, in councilor comments, Knight offered praise for the community members who spoke and for his colleagues as well, saying they were not as split as the vote indicated.

A public hearing on the city's water Public Facilities Plan, returned by the state for more details, was postponed for two weeks. So the hot water debate isn't over.

What happens later on in the courts -- or just maybe, at the ballot box -- is anyone's guess.