The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 21, 2012

Water notification issues addressed

By Ian Faulkner, Staff Writer
CNHI News Service

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 — Keith Drye spoke at Oakboro's Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday evening during open forum, wanting to know why his daughter didn't receive notifcation that her water was being turned off this past Friday.  After some conversation on the issue, it became apparent that Drye's daughter was not the only one who didn't receive notification; some town staff also reported that they didn't receive notification.

“This has happened before, and I spoke with Mayor Long, and I thought it had been taken care of,” said Drye.

A phone tree message was activated on Friday, according to Commissioner Chris Hunecutt, who attested that he got his notification somewhere around 2:30 p.m.

The Board of Commis-sioners decided to send a letter out to their water customers, requesting that they update their contact information to ensure accuracy for situations such as this one. The letter is slated to be released with the next water bill.

Police Chief Joe Lowder made an announcement at the meeting. According to Chief Lowder, people have been throwing away unwanted ammunition. The problem with this is, once the ammunition gets to the garbage trucks or in the land fill, there is a danger of it going off, exploding, and potentially injuring someone.

“If you need to get rid of ammunition, contact Oak-boro Police Department and we will properly dispose of it,” said Chief Lowder.

Chief Lowder also noted that as of November's regular meeting, the Oakboro PD has expended 32 percent of its budget. On that front, Chief Lowder requested $2,500 in funds for the purposes of purchasing computer software upgrades. The motion to pass the expenditure of money was made by Commissioner Georgia Harvey, was seconded by Commissioner Ernest Broadway and passed with unanimous consent.

In other news, the town board voted to accept a resolution in support of Kilah's Law, a law that if passed would require harsher sentences for those found guilty of child abuse.