The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


April 14, 2012

Sewer problems, sidewalk plan top town’s agenda

Saturday, April 14, 2012 — For the second time in less than a year, improper disposal of feminine hygiene products caused damage to the sewer pump at 205 W. Depot St. in New London.

A similar occurrence took place approximately six months ago which resulted in the need to replace the sewer pump. This time, Ingram Plumbing was able to repair the pump.

During the town’s meeting this month, Mayor Calvin Gaddy reported that he had notified the resident in question that these products cannot be flushed into the sewer system due to potential damage to the pump.

During Commissioner Dan Phillips’ report on streets, he noted that Chambers Engineering is working on a 10-year sidewalk plan for the town.

Photos of sidewalks, taken by Phillips and Gaddy during a recent visit to Stanfield and Oakboro, were distributed to the council for review.

Gold Street and N.C. 740, Phillips said, have been designated as the first priority for the project by Chambers Engineering.

Gaddy noted that New London, Richfield and Misenheimer have all applied for a sidewalk grant.

Commissioner Charlie Akin reported to the board that David Fencl, a senior planner with the North Carolina Division of Community Assistance, met with the planning board March 19.

The planning board is in the process of updating the zoning map and ordinance and will make recommendations to the town board once completed.

Gaddy updated the board on progress being made on the Carolina Thread Trail which will begin at Gene Road and run to Rowan County.

Gaddy has been in contact with property owners who will be affected by the trail. Property owners who have been contacted so far, Gaddy said, have been receptive to the project.

Gaddy also reported a letter has been sent to the property owner beside the museum regarding three oak trees and a mobile home which are in deteriorating condition.

The town is requesting the removal of the dying trees as well as the abandoned mobile home.

The letter, Gaddy said, explains the program offered by the town to remove abandoned mobile homes at a low cost to the property owner. At the time of the meeting, no response had been received by the property owner.

Also during the meeting, Kathy Kimmer with New London Fire Department was selected to represent New London on a steering committee for the Emergency Radio System 2012 Comprehensive Study.

The county has requested an individual from each municipality to serve on the committee which will study the efficiency of Stanly County’s radio communications system.

Congratulations were given to the New London ECA Club which was recently named the 2011 Outstanding ECA Club of the Year at the Stanly County Extension & Community Association's annual Achievement Day.

Following a closed session to discuss matters relative to a contract, the meeting was reconvened.

A motion to discontinue using the Zoning Compliance Form and to allow the Stanly County Zoning Department to handle all the issues as stated in the contract was made by Commissioner Johnny Chestnut and seconded by Phillips. The motion carried.

The next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 1, at New London Town Hall.

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