The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Local News

January 7, 2013

Town adds new sewer fee

Monday, January 7, 2013 — Continuing to pour grease down the sink or flushing a dirty diaper down the toilet could begin to cost home owners living in Stanfield.

Doing those things eventually leads to damage for a home’s grinder pump, a waste management device that grinds waste into smaller pieces to a liquid like material before it exits the home and flows into a sewer system.

Stanfield Town Council passed a resolution unanimously Thursday evening that will require home owners to pay the price if the town sees signs of misuse.

“We’ll charge to the home or business owner sewer count the following charges for improper waste disposal into the sewer system,” Town Administrator Bob Harvey read.

“Grinder pump pit clean up for improper waste disposal, (such as) grease, oil, cat litter, diapers, cloth rags, plastic objects, $200. Replacement of grinder pump due to improper waste disposal, $1,700.”

Harvey continued laying the backdrop for why Stanfield felt the necessity to begin recovering cost associated with grinder pump replacement.

“We’ve got a house, we’ve had three pumps we put in the last three years,” he said.

“We’ve been made aware that we’ve had to replace some equipment because of improper use,” Mayor Kevin Barbee said.

“(The resolution) makes us able to do something about it.”

Harvey assured the council that fair judgement will be used when looking at each situation.

“This will be on a case by case basis with good judgement,” he said.

Councilman Jason Smith asked Harvey and Councilman Jerry Williams, who said he had seen a damaged pump because of grease, how hard it might be to determine if there had been misuse.

Harvey replied that grinder pumps are individual to each one’s own home. Williams said in a pump he saw, grease had completely worn down the motor.

All of the council seemed to agree that the resolution was aimed at putting a dollar amount to any abuse, not for all replacements the town has to service due to factors such as aging.

“We have an electronic file of all the pumps and serial numbers and when we replace them. When we move them and how often we replace them. It’s got a note of what is was, if bad bearings, old unit.” Harvey said.

Photos will also be used in the documentation and kept on file.

A copy of the resolution along with a flyer of what is proper and improper to be poured or flushed into the grinder pumps will be mailed to all Stanfield residents in the coming weeks.

The town would also like to remind Stanfield residents that their last loose leaf pick-up day is Jan. 8.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Youth Choir State youth choir shares message in scripture, song

    They came, they sang, they shared a message.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lending A Hand Red Cross, YMCA discuss emergency preparedness

    They may not be in the Coast Guard, or even in the Boy Scouts, but the kids at this year’s YMCA camp can now say they follow the same motto: always be prepared.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dragon Boat Resident wants to bring boat races to Stanly

    Ann Pressly is not ripping herself off with the idea of bringing dragon boat racing to Stanly County. She is just taking advantage of a good thing and something that is gaining in popularity.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • School board hopeful files to oppose Poole

    District 1 Board of Education member Melvin Poole has something he has not had since 1998, an opponent.

    July 21, 2014

  • Crisco died of heart issues

    An autopsy report released this week indicates former secretary of commerce Keith Crisco died from heart problems.

    July 18, 2014

  • Stanly projects stall

    Barring any major changes in the next couple of months it is unlikely that any highway projects in Stanly County will receive funding from the N.C. Department of Transportation next year.

    July 18, 2014

  • 4-H Students ‘power up’ over summer break

    “The Magic of Electricity” flowed freely at Stanly Community College recently as 15 youth, ages 9-13, gathered in an electronics lab for a 4-H Summer Blast class which had advertised that the youth would be “shocked” at what they could do.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tucker RNG powers to grid

    Two months after connecting to the power grid for the first time, Tucker RNG found itself featured in Biomass Magazine.

    July 16, 2014

  • Park Ranger #1 Children test knowledge of Morrow Mtn. ranger

    Ever since the TV show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” folks can’t help but wonder how they would match up with the grade schoolers in their lives.

    July 14, 2014 2 Photos

  • Council calls on residents to share opinions on STI

    After hearing about the changes the state’s new Strategic Transportation Investment program could have on roads in the area, the Badin Town Council is calling its citizens to action.

    July 14, 2014

House Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide