The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 12, 2012

Locust Council looks at upgrades

By Brian Graves, Staff Writer
CNHI News Service

Monday, November 12, 2012 — Locust City Council spent time Thursday night talking about some upgrades the city needs to begin thinking about.

Mayor Scott Efird said Duke Energy wants the town to upgrade its Christmas lights within a year for the company to continue powering them.

City Administrator Tim Fesperman said it would probably cost $40,000, but because companies that do that kind of work are busy with restructuring efforts in the areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy, it has been difficult getting any real numbers to make any projections.

Efird said Duke’s request would not affect the town’s displays for this year.

Fesperman also addressed the need for modifying the public safety radio system.

He said there have been meetings with various members of the county and its municipalities about the subject.

“The system hasn’t changed since I was in junior high school,” Fesperman said.

“This is critical.”

He suggested the council prepare to budget money over the next two budget cycles in order to pay for a state-of-the art system that would coincide with other major municipalities and bring the city up to current technologies.

Council also gave final approval to a wastewater master plan.

The plan envisions bringing the city’s capacity from its current 240 gallons per day to 500,000 gallon per day over the next seven years.

The plan also calls for that capacity to be increased another 300,000 over the next 20 years.

In other business, the council approved a resolution in support of “Kilah’s Law” which would upgrade the penalties for child abuse from a Class C felony to a Class B felony.

Council also voted to reduce the size of the ABC Board from its current five members back down to its original size of three members.