• 70°

Spencer Board wants residents to be informed about stormwater ordinance

Spencer’s Board of Aldermen said during Tuesday’s meeting they want to make sure the public is educated about why a stormwater utility is needed for the town.

The Board set Jan. 13 as the date for the first public hearing on the town’s proposed stormwater utility ordinance, which, as of now, would be funded by an annual fee attached to property taxes.

How much the fee will be has not been set, but for planning purposes the town has been using the figure of $5 a month for a single-residential house.

Fees are based on the amount of “impervious surface area” — roofs, sidewalks, walkways, patios, driveway, parking lots, etc. — a land parcel has.

According to the town’s ordinance, individual single-family parcels with one home would be billed at a flat rate.

The city of Salisbury established a stormwater utility in 2012. Households in the city pay a flat rate of $4.25 per month.

If the land parcel contains something other than a single-family residential unit, the fee will be based on the amount of impervious surface area on the parcel.

Currently, work related to the town’s stormwater system is paid for through funds from the public works department. Establishing a stormwater utility would create a separate fund solely for the stormwater system. The money would be used for things like infrastructure improvements, cleaning the system and educating the public.

Stormwater systems handle rainfall that doesn’t soak into the soil. Drains in a street curb or in a parking lot are part of the system. Keeping the system clean and working properly is key because the water that runs through the system eventually ends up back in a river or lake and may become drinking water.

Alderman Scott Benfield said there’s no doubt Spencer’s stormwater infrastructure needs millions of dollars of work.

Reid Walters said the Board needs to figure out how best to educate the public about the ordinance. He said it’s important the community knows what the Board is doing and why.

If the ordinance is adopted, the stormwater utility is set to be part of the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget process.

Contact reporter David Purtell at 704-797-4264.

Comments

Local

David Freeze begins cross-country cycling journey in San Diego

Local

Community remembrance events to focus on lynchings of the past, need for justice today

Local

August issue of Salisbury the Magazine is now available

Local

After 10 days, three hospitals, one diagnosis, Kassidy Sechler will return home

News

COVID-19 surging as North Carolina set to ease restrictions

Crime

Blotter: Police ask for help finding robbery suspect

Local

Three Rivers Land Trust finalizes deal to double size of nature preserve in Spencer

Local

Spin Doctors announced as headlining band for 2021 Cheerwine Festival

Ask Us

Ask Us: Readers ask about Hoffner murder case, ‘Fame’ location

Local

Cornhole tournament at New Sarum Brewery brings out Panthers fans, raises money for charity

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged for breaking and entering, burglary tools

Nation/World

Senators race to overcome final snags in infrastructure deal

Crime

Child killed in Monroe drive-by shooting; 1 arrested

Local

Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s Dragon Boat race returns after year hiatus

Local

Marker commemorating Jim Crow-era lynchings in Rowan County, racial injustice required years of work

Local

Identified Marine was a Salisbury native, served in WWII

Coronavirus

Rowan County sees COVID-19 cases coming more quickly, remains in middle tier for community spread

Cleveland

Cleveland plans to build walking trail, community barn quilt mural

High School

High school athletics: Male Athlete of the Year Walker in league of once-in-a-generation players

Business

Young entrepreneur learns lesson of responsibility by raising quail, selling eggs

Lifestyle

Historic McCanless House sold, buyers plan on converting home into events venue

Lifestyle

Library’s Summer Reading Week 10 has virtual storytime, last chance to log hours

Coronavirus

Positive COVID test knocks DeChambeau out of Olympics

College

College football: North grad Delaney ready for next challenges at Johnson C. Smith