The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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April 23, 2012

Water, sewer bills could increase in Norwood

Monday, April 23, 2012 — Some Norwood residents may soon find a letter in the mail advising of the enforcement of a town ordinance and subsequent increase in their water and/or sewer bills.

Ordinance 128, the town of Norwood Required Water and Sewer Connection ordinance, requires owners of developed property located within the town limits and within 200 feet of a water or sewer collection line, to connect with the line.

Owners who currently use a well and don't wish to connect to the water line will be charged the minimum monthly water fee by the town.

Those with a septic tank who opt not to connect to an available sewer line will be charged the minimum monthly sewer bill.

Individuals who choose to take neither water nor sewer from the town will be charged the minimum sewer and water bill which is approximately $14.40.

Although the ordinance was passed in 2009, it has not been enforced on all properties.

With the town facing costs of improvements to water and sewer lines within the Lake Shore, Lake Head and Berry Hill areas, enforcement of the ordinance will be a means by which to obtain funds to help pay for the projects.

During a recent meeting of the town council, it was noted that other towns within the county also have similar ordinances.

A letter will be sent to residents who will be affected by the ordinance notifying them of upcoming changes to their water and sewer bill.

Enforcement of the ordinance will go into effect July 1.

Also during Norwood's monthly town meeting, the council voted to amend the personnel policy.

The new policy states that if an individual works for the town of Norwood and a member of their family is elected to the town board or to the position of mayor, they must resign from their job.

The council also discussed Arbor Day plans and acknowledged contributions from Stanly County businesses.

Norwood's 19th annual Arbor Day Festival will be April 27 and 28. The festival will feature a fossil fair with exhibits and a fossil dig for children, a bicycle safety clinic, beauty contests, word turning and helicopter exhibits, the VFW car show, live musical and dance entertainment, and plenty of food and games.

Also during the meeting, Norwood Fire Chief John Lambeth was appointed to the Emergency Radio System 2012 Comprehensive Study steering committee, the council voted to pass a resolution for the local water supply plant and plans are underway to pave and perform repairs on North Pine, College and New streets.


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