The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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February 23, 2014

Council OKs budget change

Saturday, February 22, 2014 — Albemarle City Council approved a nearly $14,000 budget amendment for a pump station replacement project.

The contractor for the project at the Old Whitney Pump Station discovered leaded joint valves that will not only need to be replaced, but installed by divers.

“It’s not unusual when you’re dealing with a facility with some age on it — this was built in the 1950s — to discover things  you had no idea were there,” City Manager Raymond Allen said.

The city has allotted a $150,000 contingency fund for situations such as this, approximately 10 percent of the project’s overall budget. So far, $10,000 of that has been used, primarily on fuel for a water pump.

“For any kind of major construction project like this we try to have a contingency of at least  5 percent budgeted in,” Allen said.

This is the contractor’s first change order for the project.

The county also made a request that pertains to Albemarle’s water systems.

The city allocates 1.75 million gallons of water per day to the county. However, with the pending purchase of the town of Oakboro’s water treatment facilities and water lines, the county has requested that the city raise that allocation to 3 million gallons per day.

This is the same agreement the city and the county had when Oakboro purchased its wholesale water supply from the county in 1976.

The council approved the allocation adjustment Monday during its council meeting.

To top off the night, there was one other aspect of the city’s water and sewer system that needed to be looked at.

The state recently made regulation changes that requires the city to make adjustments to its sewer use ordinance.

Without a new public utilities director until recently, the city has been delayed on making these adjustments.

However, on Monday consultant Nadine Blackwell presented council with a modified version of the sewer use ordinance.

“The city’s sewer use ordinance now specifies that you have jurisdiction in other cities and towns as the POTW (Publically Owned Treatment Works) treating their wastewater,” Blackwell said.

While Blackwell said technically the city has always had that jurisdiction, the new draft of the ordinance clarifies the city’s rights as a water distributor.

“If (a municipality buying water from Albemarle) has a business that moves into their city limits that uses more than just domestic wastewater, more than just bathrooms, then the city of Albemarle has the right to permit and regulate that industry,” Blackwell said.

Allen said that the city has never exercised this right or had a need to do so.

“It’s just a typical adjustment,” Blackwell said.

“It’s what you’d find in any town with a pre-treatment center.”

At the meeting the Council also:

n Appointed Terry Blue to the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment. Blue was previously the first alternate for the board.

n Announced that it will be taking applications for an alternate position on the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Those interested can apply at

n Recognized participants in the Youth in Government Day: Issac Still, Caitlin Bergevin, Simone Mack, Chizong Vang, Heather Se-dano, Sunny Haque, Sam Hopkins, Samaria Lilly, Paul Flowe, Huaj Lor, Destiny Brown, Kelan Hamilton, Nathan Voorheis, Britney Nash and Greyson Griffin.

Each of the students shadowed a council member, a department head, the mayor or the city manager. Several students sat in with the council members as well.

To submit story ideas, contact Shannon Beamon at (704) 982-2121 ext. 24.


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