"We just can't hang onto it," he said.
Like Hardy, Fields would like to have seen the issue be voted on before June.
"But there's really nothing we can do about that," he said. "I'm just tickled to get this taken care of."
The town's water plant, which was built in the 1970s, has become dilapidated. There have also been numerous problems with the intake pipe pulling water from the Kanawha River for treatment.
The water was found to be contaminated with haloacetic acids last June. The town had sent out letters to customers informing them about the contaminant.
Long-term exposure can damage the liver, kidneys and nervous and reproductive systems.
West Virginia American Water has agreed to purchase the aging system for $437,000. Company officials have also agreed to invest another $400,000 into the system to upgrade the system.
The company will shut down the Pratt water plant and eventually hook the town's system to the Charleston treatment facility through about 9,900 feet of pipeline.
West Virginia American Water will also help keep the system afloat until the takeover is finalized, Hardy said during a previous interview.
Hardy added that the commission would provide some funds to help town council draft the ordinances and cover the cost of the election. He believes this will cost no more than $3,000.
"It'll be a nominal amount," Hardy said.
There are 476 registered voters in one precinct in Pratt, according to figures provided by the Kanawha County Clerk's office.