2006-11-09 / Front Page

City to impose 'standby' fee on future developments

The Lincolnton City Council voted to charge all future residential and commercial developments a water and wastewater availability or "standby" service fee.

The fee will go into effect January 1, 2007.

The action was taken at the regular meeting of the mayor and council held Monday, November 6, at City Hall.

In his comments, Mayor Dwaine Biggerstaff said, "We want people to pay for the availability of water and sewerage services. Basically, we're selling capacity in our water and wastewater treatment plants."

In other business, the council:

Heard the Water Department Report given by Superintendent Stanley Parton who noted that total water production increased slightly for the month of October, climbing from 12.1 mg (million gallons) in September to 12.34 mg in October.

Voted to purchase a video projector and a laptop computer for council chambers at a total cost of approximately $3,600.

Heard Mayor Biggerstaff ask for input on legislative projects to be submitted on behalf of the city to State Senator Jim Whitehead and Representative Barry Fleming.

Was informed by the mayor that the Lincoln County Pep Partners will put up the Christmas lights later in the month.

Voted to rezone land on Elm Street (Augusta Highway) from P-1 to R-2 to accommodate three triplexes at the request of Lee Builders, Inc.

Voted to rezone six lots near the intersection of Highway 378 and Anthony Street at the request of Lee Builders. Three of the lots were rezoned from R-1 to C-1 and three were rezoned from R-1 to R-2.

Agreed to table water and sewerage proposals from developers.

Voted to renew alcoholic beverage licenses for the following businesses: Bell's Food Market, Golden Pantry, Sunrise Minit Market, and Fast Times Convenience Store.

Was informed by Mayor Biggerstaff that the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will sponsor a town hall meeting on Wednesday, November 29, at 2:30 p.m. at the Thomson Depot.

Was informed by the mayor that the GMA (Georgia Municipal Association) District 7 Meeting will take place today (Thursday) in Washington.

Voted to table awarding a contract for the clearing of sewer rightsof way until clarification could be obtained on the two bids for the project. The item will appear on the agenda for the group's December meeting.

Agreed to table discussion on a proposal for the collection of delinquent taxes, submitted by Appalachian Mountain Services, Inc. The matter will appear on the group's December agenda.

The next regular meeting of the mayor and council will be held Monday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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